First Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th”

The upcoming New York Film Festival kicks off with something quite different this week – Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th”. First announced only a few months ago, the project deals with America’s long legacy of mass incarceration and mass oppression of African-Americans.

DuVernay told Film Comment recently that “I got to confront, and had to deal with, the stereotypes I’ve held. A big one for me was the notion that our current national status of having the world’s highest incarceration rate was the doing of Republicans, the doing of conservatives. In analyzing, investigating, and pulling back the layers, you start to see that there’s been political maneuvering that’s crossed party lines in very disturbing ways.”

The documentary premieres this Friday September 30th ahead of being available on Netflix starting on October 7th.