Below is a clip from the documentary 13th, from director Ava DuVernay (Selma). The documentary draws parallels between slavery and the contemporary carceral state, while contextualizing the Black Lives Matter movement. Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, plays a significant role.
“In the good ol’ days…”
If this doesn’t send chills down your spine I don’t know what will… pic.twitter.com/9QoBGFJ15X
— Adam (@adamcald11) October 11, 2016
The film counterpoints Trump’s statements on an unnamed “they” other, with footage from America’s brutal, oppressive treatment of African Americans.
“When I first started… I wasn’t thinking anything about the elections,” DuVernay has said. “But around April or so when the candidates started to solidify, who was gonna be each party’s candidate, I thought, ‘We should probably get this out now.’ So then in the spring we started to kind of put it into overdrive and really push to make sure that it was out by fall. I mean, we made the cut off because I said, ‘Look, if it’s anything less than a month before the elections, I don’t think it’s gonna be effective.’ Who knows if it’s gonna be effective at all. I just want people to have a conversation and interrogate and put the candidates for answers on these issues. If it’s us in a month, it’s not gonna work. Literally, we open October 7th, the election’s on November [8th]. It’s an exact month. That’s how tight it was to get it done. We were still working on the film 10 days ago.”
13th is available on Netflix, now.