Netflix’s Oprah Special

The Oprah interview special, 13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay, will debut on Netflix this Thursday, January 26.

During the 30-minute interview Oprah explores with the filmmaker her process for creating 13th, which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, as well as her views on mass criminalization of African Americans and the state of race relations. DuVernay also offers advice for the Trump administration.

The United States has 2.3 million prisoners, the highest incarceration rate in the world, according to the documentary.

In the clip below, Oprah comments: “One of the things 13th does…is it allows people to answer that question for themselves, ‘Why should I care about those people who are incarcerated?'”

The title 13th refers to the 13th  Amendment to the US Constitution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ”  The film draws a line from that language to “the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry.”

You can watch 13th, which premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival, now on Netflix.

Check Netflix on January 26 to see the interview.

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