“Selma” Director Ava DuVernay’s Documentary About the High Incarceration Rate for African-Americans, Titled “The 13th”, Will Open the New York Film Festival

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Surprise! Ava DuVernay has a new film, and it’s scheduled to open the 54th New York Film Festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that the documentary project, The 13th, will kick off the influential festival’s next edition at the Alice Tully Hall on Sept. 30, marking the first time in NYFF history a nonfiction film has done so.

Following The 13th’s NYFF world premiere, it will stream on Netflix and enter a limited theatrical run on Oct. 7.

The 13th, the title of which is a reference to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (“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… ”), chronicles the history of racial tension in the United States, including “how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American,” according to a press release.

“While I was watching The 13th, the distinction between documentary and fiction gave way and I felt like I was experiencing something so rare: direct contact between the artist and right now, this very moment,” Kent Jones, director of the NYFF, said in a statement. “In fact, Ava is actually trying to redefine the terms on which we discuss where we’re at, how we got here, and where we’re going. The 13th is a great film. It’s also an act of true patriotism.”

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly – Joey Nolfi