13th – An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the history of racial inequality.

13th – An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the history of racial inequality.

13th is a 2016 American documentary by Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersections of race, justice and mass imprisonment in the United States. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery and ended compulsory deprivation of rights except as punishment as a result of a criminal conviction. Created four years before the protests over the assassination of George Floyd, the film is a good introduction for those who want to understand what is happening in the United States in 2020. At the end of the film you will see even footage of arrests in which police the ground black youth yells “I can’t breathe!”