Creative Arts Emmys: Ava DuVernay Amplifies '13th' Message

Her feature documentary won four awards, including one for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special.
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Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay on Saturday asserted that there are different ways to address the criminal justice system and urged those with such views to "stand up and be heard." She made the remarks at the Creative Arts Emmys, where her Netflix documentary 13th won four awards, including for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special as well as for original music and lyrics, motion design and writing.

"It was incredibly important to tell the story, but nights like this, when you can amplify the story, mean the most to me," DuVernay said. "There are 2.3 million behind bars. We are the most encarcerated nation in the world. ... Those who believe there are different ways to address criminality and justice need to stand up and be heard. [We should strive for a system] that doesn't discriminate in a marginalized community. It's not as aggressive on white-collar crimes. There's a way to do it so it's more balanced and fair."

Noting that Netflix has made 13th available in 190 countries, the filmmaker added, "It's important that the issues are talked about internationally."

DeVernay admitted "there are other areas of social justice that we are thinking about tackling, though not necessarily a sequel."

Earlier this year, 13th was nominated for a feature documentary Oscar.

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