Directed by Ava DuVernay
Once again, I apologize for the delay in posting. I have had quite a few medical issues lately that have robbed me of the use of my arm (not the good one, but still), so I have been out of commission. It's also partly because I kept having to take breaks from watching this documentary so I didn't have a rage stroke.
The film takes its name from the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves and forbade slavery, unless as punishment for a crime. The movie explores the history of racial inequality and mass incarceration in the United States. I watched this film alone, but that didn't stop me from punctuating every scene with my outbursts (e.g. "That's so true!," "Oh my god, that can't be real," "what the fuck??" etc).
Plenty of moments in this movie were shocking, but I think for me the most wtf statistic was that while the US has only five percent of the world population, it holds 25% of the world's prisoners. This just blew my mind.
I probably shouldn't make this post about me, but that's never really stopped me before. I have been ashamed lately of being an American (hopefully, the reasons are obvious). This just increased that feeling tenfold (although I fully recognize that it is awesome I can say this and not get arrested). I have been so sick of white male privilege lately as well. When I go on dates (hey, it happens, despite my chronic use of parentheses), men look at me like I'm crazy because I won't leave my drink alone with them or because I text my sister periodically to let her know that I'm okay. I see the same lack of empathy towards black people. White people that I know and like act as though black people get shot more by the police because...caucasians aren't as rude to the police or something. It is infuriating.
So this post has kind of gone off the rails. Back to the movie. Everyone should totally watch this. Now I am going to go have a talk with my dad about Ronald Reagan...
First documentary to ever open the New York film festival.