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470 Ratings


Directed by Ava DuVernay
United States, 2016


An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

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13th Directed by Ava DuVernay

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary

What are people saying?

  • Ally the Manic Listmaker's rating of the film 13th

    Sheds light on a very important topic. Highly recommended and available on Netflix. Should be an Oscar contender.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film 13th

    Extraordinarily relevant, and perfectly timed. Not because the info, or its importance, is new... It's so not new. But because the info - which even just a few years ago was relegated to the domain of "radicals" - is ready for mainstreaming. Making it (as they say in the film) a prime target for bandaiding & appropriating. And making this sort of structural perspective more necessary than ever. Strong doc; well made.

  • msmichel's rating of the film 13th

    Ava Duvernay's study of America's prison system and its roots in the 13th amendment which created the policy needed to continue forced work and later forced incarceration is a thoughtful and powerful documentary well deserving of its accolades. The notion that full freedom has ever been granted is ludicrous when one simply studies the statistics and the politics which change the wording with the same end result.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film 13th

    A bit diffuse, but only because it's constructed with the breathless urgency the topic deserves. In an era when so many polemical docs (even ones I agree with) have a dollop of bullshit, Ava DuVernay's advocacy is lucid and dodges picking Dems or Repubs. It may not break much new ground, but it gathers info for a valuable primer on how BLM didn't come from nowhere. Which too many Americans still don't realize.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film 13th

    Best documentary of 2016. A compelling treatise of endemic racial profiling in the US: the world's most overcrowded prison system. From the manipulation of the 13th Amendment in order to continue to subjugate the African-American population more than a century after the slave trade, to the methods of Nixon and Reagan to find indirect ways to prejudice US racial minorities; a powerful, profound must see for all.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film 13th

    Nothing you probably haven't been told before in your past U.S. history and civics courses, but a distilled look at such - especially in an immensely investing, cleanly narrated way - doesn't hurt at all. Directress Ava DuVernay presents us with a plethora of information as to how and why blacks have been ostracized in American culture, and while she doesn't offer a solution, she is sure not to encourage complacency.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film 13th

    Powerful, painful, enlightening, urgent. Ava DuVernay cogently illustrates the innumerable flaws of the United States criminal justice system showing how white how Americans killed, criminalized, imprisoned, and persecuted millions of Blacks. She also reminds the viewers that mass incarceration is both a byproduct and a continuation of slavery. 13th is one of the most compelling documentaries of the year.

  • film_lies101's rating of the film 13th

    I gained very little new information (cuz I'm woke as fuck) but this should be screened in every learning institution around the world

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