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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Searing docu decries racial bias; intense violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2016 100 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 16+

Succinct and powerful documentary about a complex and multifaceted topic

This film offers a quick summary of an issue that could easily take up 20 hours from chattel slavery to the election of the current president and all of the micro-events in between. A valiant effort to get everyone up to speed. A complex issue that is too easily dismissed by people looking for a sound bite explanation. DuVernay does a great job of tying all of the elaborate ties and getting many people on board to speak on the topic...even the ALEC representative.
age 13+

Amazing and inspiring

Well there is ONE scene that is a bit visiual just two men naked getting dragged away by the police but its acctually not bad you cab only see their butt not their genetles .... Verry inspiring and would defo reccomend !

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Is It Any Good?

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In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. Hoping to provide a semblance of political balance to her efforts in 13th, DuVernay asserts that both Democratic and Republican administrations are responsible for burgeoning prison populations and the devastating effect of past policies on an entire minority population. Additionally, she interviews well-known conservatives, like Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist. However, given the evidence on screen, it's difficult to provide an "other side" of the film's arguments. Particularly compelling are sequences in which she identifies some of the most noxious corporations and/or organizations (Correction Corporation of America, National Correction Industries Association, American Legislation Exchange Council) that profit from and depend upon the rounding up of as many able-bodied men as possible. And she unabashedly includes the chilling footage from a number of recent police shootings of unarmed African-American men and boys. Challenging, disturbing, and confrontational, this film is must-see viewing for mature and concerned Americans.

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