First screened in November 2016
Director: Ava DuVernay. Documentary about the complex history and legacy of the 13th Amendment and the larger problem of the anti-black prison-industrial complex in the United States. Screenplay: Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick.

Twitter Capsule: More gripping rhetorically and pedagogically than cinematically, but solid all around. Trump campaign montage is devastating.

VOR:   Hard to imagine a more salient intervention into contemporary culture and politics, especially given its cross-platform distribution.

Photo © 2016 Netflix/Dogwoof Pictures/Kandoo Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

Primetime Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Outstanding Original Song: "Letter to the Past"

Other Awards:
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Documentary Feature

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