Watch Ava DuVernay’s 13th Free Online: An Award-Winning Documentary Revealing the Inequalities in the US Criminal Justice System

Ear­li­er today, we high­light­ed some free cin­e­mat­ic offer­ings online, includ­ing the new civ­il rights film Just Mer­cy, and a slew of films in the Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion made by African Amer­i­can direc­tors. Then we stum­bled upon this. Above, you can watch Ava DuVer­nay’s Oscar-nom­i­nat­ed film 13th. Com­bin­ing archival footage with tes­ti­mo­ny from activists and schol­ars, DuVer­nay’s doc­u­men­tary focus­es on the U.S. prison sys­tem and “how the coun­try’s his­to­ry of racial inequal­i­ty dri­ves the high rate of incar­cer­a­tion in Amer­i­ca.” It won Best Doc­u­men­tary at the Emmys, the BAF­TAs and the NAACP Image Awards.

Update: Dur­ing the month of June, DuVer­nay’s film, Sel­ma, is also stream­ing free online.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More

Ava DuVernay’s Sel­ma Is Now Free to Stream Online: Watch the Award-Win­ning Director’s Film About Mar­tin Luther King’s 1965 Vot­ing-Rights March

Watch Free Films by African Amer­i­can Film­mak­ers in the Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion … and the New Civ­il Rights Film, Just Mer­cy

Watch the First-Ever Kiss on Film Between Two Black Actors, Just Hon­ored by the Library of Con­gress (1898)

Watch the Pio­neer­ing Films of Oscar Micheaux, America’s First Great African-Amer­i­can Film­mak­er

The Art of The Black Pan­thers: A Short Doc­u­men­tary on the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Artist Emory Dou­glas

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