Bafta documentary winner '13th' heads for the Oscars (VIDEO)

LONDON, Feb 15 — 13th argues that although it's been 150 years since slavery was officially abolished, it is still alive in the United States in the form of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects the black population.

It's already won a Bafta and its next stop is the Oscars. Director Ava DuVernay has also received her fair share of acclaim and was recently announced as the first black female director to commandeer a US$100 million (RM444.8 millio) movie budget.

DuVernay says: “While it is something that I think I understand it being celebrated, I also hope that it is also really clear that we are way behind on where we should be and we have a lot of catching up to do and that women and people of colour don't intend for it to be another 100 years for the second and the third, that now that some of these things have been broken that they need to be shatterd and we need to move forward in a more robust inclusive way.”

Director Ava DuVernay from her interview in this Reuters video.
Director Ava DuVernay from her interview in this Reuters video.

DuVernay's documentary also shows how the black community has been wrongly characterised over the years — an issue she feels is still relevant for today.

She adds: “Part of the reason you can have a 'Muslim Ban' is that enough people don't exactly know what that even means, that enough people don't know other kinds of people.

“They haven't sat at your table, you haven't read their history, you don't know their music, you don't know their poetry, you don't even know what their religion even really is, you only know what's been fed to you and it's all about the ways we don't know each other.

“If we knew each other more, there'd be more compassion and empathy and I think we'd be in a better place.” — Reuters

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