Ava DuVernay’s 13th: It’s About Hope, Not History

02-13th-netflix-documentary“The 13th Amendment’s loophole gave license to a system that has brutalized black and brown men and women in the United States. DuVernay’s 13th responds by asserting a fierce, relentless humanity that neither law nor the systems it has set in place can extinguish.”

I watched Ava Duvernay’s stunning 13th with the student-led Criminal Law Society at Michigan Law. Our discussion was so provocative, I penned this review of the film, taking off my historian’s hat and trying to understand what DuVernay hoped to achieve, and why the film is moving so many people.  You can read the entire review here.

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