Ava Duvernay kicks off the New York Film Festival this Fall


Director Ava DuVernay has been making waves in the film industry by dynamically advocating diversity in Hollywood and today shatters yet another paradigm. The New York Film Festival has appointed the melanated visionary’s documentary, “The 13th”, as the opening-night film for its 54th annual event, marking the first nonfiction piece to open the festival.

Named after the 13th amendment of the constitution abolishing slavery, the documentary accentuates the aftermath of the amendment by examining the mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States. DuVernay traces the history of racial inequality and interlaces archival material with contemporary voices by presenting footage of the civil rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan, Black Lives Matter activists, and interviews with figures including Michelle Alexander and Angela Davis (image above).

“The 13th” unveils an undisclosed history for the world’s viewing this fall at the New York Film Festival which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16. Following its début, “The 13th” will appear in theaters and on Netflix Oct. 7.