Ava Duvernay’s Latest Project, “The 13th”, To Kick Off NY Film Festival



Ava DuVernay is back at it. While we have been anxiously awaiting the “Queen Sugar” series to debut this fall, she has been working in secret on her latest project, “The 13th”, which is a nonfictional film that will kick of The New York Film Festival this year.

The film is named after the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery, and The New York Times describes it as “The 13th threads together archival footage with modern-day commentary, and focuses on the ramifications of the amendment and its clause…” Weaving together footage from the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter and interviews with leaders, activists, and authors like  Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”.  

“There is no other answer besides this is a great film,” says Kent Jones, the festival’s director in response to why the film will open the festival when normally more commercial films are chosen. He later added that DuVernay is redefining the national conversation. The article points out how the United States accounts for 22% of the world’s incarcerated population, but it only accounts for 4.4 %  of the world population.

The film will run at the film festival from September 30th until October 16, and then appear in movie theaters and Netflix. Duvernay thanked Netflix via Instagram today after The New York Times shared the news. She admitted she worked on the film secretly for two years.

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