Netflix to Make Ava DuVernay Documentary ‘13th’ Available for Public Screenings

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13th public screening netflixNetflix’s stirring documentary 13th, created and directed by Ava DuVernay, has received such a large response from educational institutions across the US, that they’ve announced they’ll be making the film available for public screenings.

13th explores the link between slavery and today’s prison system and also delves into social issues such as mass incarceration and the current state of race relations to immigration detention centers and private prisons. The reason behind the public access comes from the “groundswell of interest from elementary schools to universities asking for permission to screen the film that explores the link between slavery and the modern-day prison system,” according to a press release.

“We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the response to 13TH from people of all ages,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming. “Communities across the country are feeling the full weight of this particularly divisive moment in time. And, when some are capitalizing on this fear, we are especially inspired by the next generation, who are able to acknowledge the complex system they have inherited while simultaneously vowing to change it. Like DuVernay, they understand that we must come face to face with our past before we can fix our future.”

DuVernay’s film is currently up for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Other Netflix docs that are part of their educational screening program include: Oscar-nominated documentary shorts Extremis and The White Helmets; as well as The Ivory Game, Winter On Fire, Audrie and Daisy and Into the Inferno.

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