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Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Trailer Provides Some Hard Truths About Our Prison System

The film makes the argument that slavery never ended.

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In anticipation of its premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, Netflix has released the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th.

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The documentary explores the impact of the exception of criminals in the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery...

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And, given the numerous police shootings that've killed black men in recent weeks, the documentary is more relevant than ever.

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The trailer includes some familiar faces. Like this one...

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And this one.

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And touches on how the mass incarceration of black americans has lead to a multi-billion dollar industry.

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The trailer also leaves viewers with a few chilling statistics, like this one: "We now have more African Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves back in the 1850s."

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13th will launch globally on Netflix on Oct. 7 and will have a limited theatrical release.