“The Truth Behind Bars”
13th is a compelling, netflix documentary directed by Ava DuVernay that allows a blind society to assimilate the development of our United States prison system that was, and is still primarily based off the criminalization of African Americans.
The cover art initially drew me into this feature. A black & white graphic depicting a US flag with a black male in a striped uniform with shackles around his ankles. If you haven’t seen such image literally, then you’ve probably seen it figuratively at some point. Seconds into watching, you find yourself face to face with truth.
“So let’s look at the statistics. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners.”
“Think about it.”
-President Barack Obama
This five star documentary is more then knowledgable. It awakened a sense of drive, and made me vow to always be a man unafraid to let my voice be heard. That is a right that can not be stripped no matter race or social status. I highly recommend this special to a mature audience.
– Matt Hayman (Koncrete Concepts)