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Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary The 13th takes home BAFTA

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) took place last night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with the Netflix documentary The 13th taking home the prize for Best Documentary. 

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ava DuVernay, known for directing the feature film Selma, was not present at the awards as she is currently filming in New Zealand.

Her film, The 13th focuses on the historical reasons for mass incarceration in America and how race plays a role in who gets send to prison. The film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment of the US constitution, which outlawed slavery unless as punishment for a crime. The documentary argues that slavery is effectively still taking place in the US through mass incarceration.

The documentary is also nominated for an Academy Award.



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