Reflection on 13thDocumentary on Netflix
In modern America, one of the unknown movement is the ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Its participants cannot be ignored particularly not in the digital age despite the series of various ideological reactions. Seeking attention from idle papers, the demand is apparent in hashtags of the group on Twitter. Along with this, the outrage over the deaths of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin is demonstrated across the headlines. Moreover, their cries and their chants can be heard more frequently on social media platforms and television spreading throughout the country. The fact is they are being heard, and they are here.
When 13th documentary appeared on Netflix, I assumed automatically that similar stories about Black Lives Matter might be depicted. After all, the key point of Ava DuVernay – the director behind the documentary was to discuss the idea of modern-day slavery and the mass black incarceration. Following the chronological timeline from the moment of ratification of the 13th Amendment to the presidential election of 2016, the different methods by the policymakers have been discussed by it. Along with the continuation of the existence of a type of slavery by the 13th Amendment mostly throughout our systems of prison. I never expected that I would be controlling my emotions and stopping my tears as the ending credits rolled.
One of the influential aspects of the story is its reflection over the historical moments that has tremendous ties to the modern day life, which shows the relevancy of the message throughout. The documentary started with the highlights of The Birth of a Nation, which was a civil war drama of 1915. The main focus especially was the portrayal of the black film throughout the documentary. The documentary was closed in a more sobering manner. As, before the closing statements the low quality nine short videos were played one after the other. Each one of them portrayed the death of a black man by the police.
In this documentary, one of the refreshing traits was that the opportunity of criticizing both sides of the chapter was not passed up. Including the ‘three-strikes’ policy of Bill Clinton and ‘War on Drugs’ of Ronald Regan, through discussion and analysis was shown by each movement. Further, leading to an entirely new perspective on each one of it. Along with this, as part of the issue, both presidential candidates of 2016 were also featured by them, not sparing one of them regarding race relations. It showed that this feeling was more of a human issue despite being an ideological or political issue.
One of the most crucial aspects that made this documentary majorly successful was the call of actions it brought. It is amongst one of those stories that draw attention towards change being demanded, and as a viewer of it, it becomes quite difficult to disagree with it. This significant change can be witnessed through the political lobbying or the legal system or by being even more conscious about the inherent prejudices. No matter what action we chose, we must be doing something contributing towards it, which eventually is the entire point of the film throughout.
Above all, it can be concluded that the involuntary servitude and outlawed slavery including the 13th Amendment were displayed by this magnificent documentary of Ava Duvernay. One of the factor it did not reflect up and most importantly must have was the punishment for crime. However, the argument related to massive cinematic force was indeed shown by the documentary. In short, a compelling and cogent argument over the 13th Amendment has been shown by DuVernay with the lesson that change can take place only if momentum can be driven out of knowledge leading momentum to emerge as legislation.