The new series, Queen Sugar, isn’t the only project Ava DuVernay has been working on these past couple of years. The brilliant director will explore the many parallels between slavery and mass incarceration in America in the documentary, The 13th. The trailer shows the government and many politicians enforcing racially motivated laws over the years including the war on drugs and the three strikes law. 2016 presidential candidates Clinton and Trump are also amongst the politicians who are seen implementing similar regulations. The trailer also includes snippets of the unfortunate and disturbing story of Kalief Browder, a teen who was unfairly held for 3 years at the notorious Rikers Island and who later committed suicide in 2015.
In a statement, DuVernay said the film “was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard some of our citizens as innately criminal, and how and why good people allow this injustice to happen generation after generation.” This documentary is very important in presenting evidence on how mass incarceration disproportionately affects black Americans. Unsurprisingly, the trailer alone is already being met with loads of racist comments.
The documentary will be released on 7 Oct through Netflix and will premiere 30 Sep at the New York Film Festival, becoming the first documentary to ever open the event. Check out the trailer below.