Netflix Review: 13th

Like the rest of the world, I bloody love Netflix, so I thought I'd start reviewing some of the things I watch to maybe give you som...


Like the rest of the world, I bloody love Netflix, so I thought I'd start reviewing some of the things I watch to maybe give you some suggestions on what to view next and whether they're any good or not. To start this all off I'm going to chat about a Netflix Original documentary I watched recently (probably one of my favourite things to watch on Netflix) called 13th.

If I had to describe my feeling about this documentary in a short and sweet nutshell of a sentence I'd have to say, holy shit this was so good and mind-blowing and outraging - you have to watch this (check out the trailer below).

13th is a documentary which basically informs you all about the history of racial inequality that exists in the United States, particularly the fact that their prisons are disproportionately filled with a staggering amount of African-Amercians. Now I didn'tt have any major interest or passion about any of these issues when clicking play, but this documentary had me hooked and I learnt so much!

It's so hard to not write down all the crazy and downright terrible facts and figures this documentary showed me and made me go, are you serious?! But I don't want to spoil it for you.

Basically the documentary takes you through how African-Americans have been targeted in American since the days of the slave trade, and how really nothing has gotten much better since. The sneaky ways the actual government found to incarcerate all these young coloured people is just insane.

If you're wondering why it's called 13th, the name stems from the 13th Amendment of the American Consitution. This Amendment states that "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" - see the loophole?

Racial inequality is not a new topic of discussion no matter where you are in the world, and has in fact become a hot topic again of late, but the way in which people in power have helped entrench this inequality is something I hadn't realised before, and is something that this documentary will really open your eyes to. Considering the fact a current election is underway, and the way people are still using certain groups of people to create fear campaigns to push their way into power, this documentary couldn't be more relevant right now. 


Click the image to watch the trailer

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