'13th' Trailer Previews Ava DuVernay's Prison Doc

After opening the New York Film Festival, the doc will debut on Netflix and have a limited theatrical run Oct. 7.

Netflix has released the first trailer for Ava DuVernay's film 13th.

The new documentary, set to open the New York Film Festival on Friday, examines the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S., as well as how the U.S. has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African American. It traces a pattern of fear and division behind mass criminalization, from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the rebirth of the KKK to the civil rights movement, the 1994 crime bill, the rise of ALEC and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Its title refers to the Constitution's 13th Amendment: "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."

After its world premiere at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, 13th will then debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run Oct. 7.