Netflix allows Academy Award Nominated Documentary “13th” to be shown in classrooms February 16 2017

In response to large numbers of institutions asking for the rights to use 13th, Directed by Ava DuVernay, as an educational tool Netflix announced this week that it is granting the public screening access for schools, universities and other non-profit institutions.  After initially being limited to only be watched in private settings using the Netflix streaming platform, this announcement signifies a shift in Netflix’s stance on how a film like 13th can be used as a tool by educators and community leaders.

In a statement released early this week, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming Lisa Nishimura stated:

“We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the response to 13th from people of all ages. Communities across the country are feeling the full weight of this particularly divisive moment in time. And, when some are capitalizing on this fear, we are especially inspired by the next generation, who are able to acknowledge the complex system they have inherited while simultaneously vowing to change it. Like DuVernay, they understand that we must come face to face with our past before we can fix our future.”

While Gathr Educational has no affiliation with Netflix or 13th, we are thrilled to see Netflix embrace the powerful role documentary films can play in the classroom setting. 13th, which focuses on the history of racial injustice in the U.S. criminal justice system, presents a compelling opportunity to expose young adults to these issues. It is our belief that films like this should always be available for use in educational settings.