The documentary “The 13th” by Ava DuVernay, presented a lot of facts and figures I were partly aware of yet not really. I’ve done two in-depth projects, both on police brutality and black lives matter, yet I sort of continue to think that the current state isn’t “that” bad. I know it’s 100% unacceptable at this point, but it’s almost like I won’t allow myself to think about how crucial it actually is. When I saw this documentary, it was therefore more like a reminder that “Hey! Yeah you! Here’s even more facts about how the system corrupts black lives, and yep it’s influenced by capitalism”. It’s upsetting, enraging and tragic, but it’s true. Though it hit heavy on my heart to see the 13th, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a must-see. After all, if we as a people were to avoid everything that made us uncomfortable then there wouldn’t be much justice in the world.
The documentary left me educated and aware on an important issue, it was clearly made with a lot of devotion and effort. I can’t say I’m left wondering about any question, but this again is the results of a well-directed documentary.