An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
ActorsStarring: Jelani Cobb, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marie Gottschalk, John Hagan, Michael Hough, David Keene, James Kilgore, Bryan Stevenson, Nicholas Turner, Van Jones
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The past year has grown thanks to social media, the Black Lives Matter movement tremendously. Because of the racism and violence, many demonstrations were held by the police and were made changes in some places in the police (including the introduction of body cameras). However, the problem still exists and is the Netflix documentary an interesting film where not only this movement comes into play, but comprehensive look at how the prison population in America in recent decades has grown so huge (25% of all prisoners in the world are in America) and why there are relatively many African Americans among them.
Thereby delves into history and begins with slavery, abolition and the image that existed at the time of the former slaves. The Birth of a Nation in 1915 is a case in which a black man is put down as someone who is looking for a female victim to abuse. What then immediately told / showed up, changed adopted over the years and some regulations that certain populations hit more than others. It ended in the seventies under Nixon and Reagan eighties among the prison population grew rapidly.
Director Ava DuVernay know this information through interviews, often shocking images and strong music to reinforce. It gives a good picture of the developments in America and how the prison system an industry now is where a lot of money involved and including the companies behind it have a thick finger in the pie when it comes to bills where they are also better themselves of. Variety called it a documentary that should get the Oscar for best film. Personally I would not go that far, but it knows how to properly capture the current zeitgeist and also to clearly present the history of minorities in America and regulations.