The first trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s “The 13th” was released today courtesy of Netflix. The documentary will premiere Friday at New York Film Festival. It will also have a limited theater run Oct. 7 and will release on Netflix the same day.
“The 13th” is the first nonfiction film to open the festival. The official synopsis for the film says “the film chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States, examining how our country has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with the majority of prisoners being African-American.”
The film will take a deep dive into the history of mass incarceration. The film takes a look at everything from D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film “The Birth of a Nation” to the rebirth of the KKK, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet also notes that the “Civil Rights Movement, the 1994 Crime Bill, the rise of ALEC and the Black Lives Matter movement” will also be covered in the film.
NYFF Director Kent Jones had this to say about the film:
While I was watching ‘The 13th,’ the distinction between documentary and fiction gave way and I felt like I was experiencing something so rare: direct contact between the artist and right now, this very moment. In fact, Ava is actually trying to redefine the terms on which we discuss where we’re at, how we got here, and where we’re going. ‘The 13th’ is a great film. It’s also an act of true patriotism.
“The 13th” is DuVernay’s first foray into documentary work since 2008’s “This Is The Life.” Her feature film “Selma” was nominated for two Oscars.
Check out the trailer for the film below.