Ava DuVernay's analytical documentary on the current day incarceration of millions of black Americans in spite of the 13th Amendment that banned slavery. It tales us through Reagan's 'war on drugs' through to the lack of justice and lack of forgiveness even for young offenders committing their first crime. It is yet another dark and depressing account of America today.
Provavelmente o filme mais relevante de 2016. O documentário de Ava DuVernay é praticamente a transformação do brilhante THE NEW JIM CROW em objecto visual. Merece ser visto, debatido, estudado. Valente murro no estômago e nó na garganta. // MANDATORY to understand how the US criminal justice system works and why (and how) it never stopped the exploration of african americans since slavery.
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.
I am afraid there is no correlation between historicism and sensationalism, something Duvernay presents as relatable is in my opinion not at all: there is no approximation between legal, institutional repression and pure prejudice. That's why I see this doc as somehow flat in its consistency - could have skipped the last 30 minutes and it would've been much better.
It's a talking head documentary, but it is also essentially an essay film. The thesis is inherent to the connotations of the thirteenth amendment to the United States constitution itself. It is a very, very sound thesis and it is cleanly, even brilliantly delineated. So, while it isn't really anything special formally, 13TH is a very important and enervating piece. Cries to be seen by as many people as possible.
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.