17 Stories of Injustice to Watch After When They See Us

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Ava DuVernay has made injustice and reform one of the hallmarks of her directing career thus far, and in 13th, she paints a powerful picture of how mass incarceration has replaced slavery as the dominant American institution of oppression. 13th retells the history of mass incarceration in America.

It does more than that, though. The documentary connects the story of mass incarceration to the story of black people in America, and to the rise of figures like Trump. In telling the story of how America came to have one of the largest prison populations in the world, Ava tells a broader story about what our country is.

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