13TH (film)


Digital release poster
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Produced by
Written by
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Spencer Averick
Music by Jason Moran
  • Hans Charles
  • Kira Kelly
Edited by Spencer Averick
Kandoo Films
Distributed by Netflix
Release dates
  • September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30) (NYFF)
  • October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07) (Worldwide)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

13TH is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.

13TH has garnered acclaim from film critics.


The full Thirteenth Amendment reads as follows: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Filmed in secrecy, 13TH was only revealed after it was announced as the opening film for the 2016 New York Film Festival.[1]


It was released on October 7, 2016 on Netflix.[2]


13TH currently holds a 90/100 on Metacritic,[3] and a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

See also


  1. Cox, Gordon. "2016 New York Film Festival to Open With Ava DuVernay Documentary 'The 13th'". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. Lockett, Dee. "Ava DuVernay's The 13th Will Be the First Documentary to Ever Open the New York Film Festival". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  3. "13TH Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  4. "13th (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 30, 2016.

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