Ava DuVernay new documentary about the “sky-high” incarceration rate in the United States is scheduled to open this fall’s New York Film Festival.— the first time, notes Cara Buckely, that “a nonfiction film will kick off the event in its 50-plus years.”

America’s high incarceration rate has become a bipartisan cause for concern.

“The 13th,” which refers to the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery, uses archival footage and modern-day commentary to explore the ramifications of the amendment and this particular clause, says Buckely: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

Although America represents 4.4 percent of the world’s population, we hold almost 22 percent of the world’s prisoners, a disproportionate number of whom are black men.

Read more at The New York Times


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