13th (2016) Sunday, 05 April 2020

13th (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Freedom to all Americans.

  • Starring:

    Michelle Alexander, Jelani Cobb, Cory Booker, Bryan Stevenson, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Angela Davis, Marie Gottschalk, John Hagan, Michael Hough, Van Jones, David Keene, David Dinkins, Shaka Senghor, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Cory Greene

  • Directed by:

    Ava DuVernay

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    Images of deaths in custody (people shot on camera), man with KKK carved in skin, man with whipping scars, people being kicked/grabbed/punched/pursued/dragged/firehosed/arrested/thrown to the ground/beaten/elbowed/pushed/shoved/spat on/handcuffed/tear-gassed/held at gunpoint, mass fighting, riots, armed soldiers, burning buildings, tanks, house raids/doors kicked in, Central Park Five, four girls killed in bomb blast (16th Street Baptist Church bombing), prison fighting/beatings, police brutality. Film scenes of woman being raped, Civil War battles, woman committing suicide, Ku Klux Klan, non-whites being dragged/burned at crosses. Images of lynched men, slaves, people chained. Cartoons of non-whites depicted as savages/demons/rapists/killers. Newspaper headlines mention negroes burned/shot/killed/hanged/lynched/murdered in bomb blast, maggot and rat-infested prison food. Gunshot, yelling for help heard (911 call). Racks of guns/firearms seen. Criminals, slavery, Civil War, rapists, hanged by knees/flogged with chain, brutal rape, Willie Horton kidnapping/stabbing a man/repeatedly raping his girlfriend, girl abducted/killed, suicide (hanging), loitering, vagrancy mentioned. Blood/gore: Videos of people shot/bleeding/dying on camera. Archival images of hanging/bloodied corpses, corpses on stretchers, mutilated head/chest, bloody bed/floor, funeral/casket, man on crutches, woman on hospital bed with IV drip, people in detention centres, disenfranchised people. Attempting suicide, cancer mentioned.


    Rape scene (film). Fully nude males, shirtless men. Rapists, rape, brutal rape mentioned.


    Images of bags of pills, white powder (crack), woman smoking cigarette, prescription drugs. War on drugs, drug addiction, drug dependency, possession of marijuana, drug and alcohol abuse, heroin, crack, cocaine mentioned.


    F-word, n-word, a-words. Name-calling (superpredators, crazy people, wolves, monsters, criminals, liar, etc)


    US prison system, incarceration, 13th Amendment, racial inequality, The Birth of a Nation, slavery, segregation, Reagan era, politics, media, justice, Trayvon Martin, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), innocence, civil rights, plea bargaining, activism, Black Lives Matter.


    Prison settings. Horses, dogs (archival pictures). Also known as The  13th.


    Urgent, stimulating, thought-provoking, definitive, stunning, focused, heartbreaking, powerful, infuriating, overwhelming, crucial, stirring, piercing, relevant, disturbing, enraging, sickening, chilling, staggering, humane, lucid, precise, harrowing, hard-hitting, timely, necessary, intelligent, compelling, dense, pulsating, energetic, purposeful, slick, articulate, no-nonsense, remarkable, organised, detailed, solid. Illustrious cast/interviewees, devastating footage, crisply/cleanly argued.



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