Apologies to the potentially blind, but it's pretty hard to miss the incredulous problem the U.S. faces when it comes to mass incarceration. The country notoriously leads the world in incarceration rate by immense margins, representing nearly a quarter of the entire population of people in prison in the world despite having less than five percent of the world population.

Over the past several years, Selma director DuVernay has been putting together her powerful documentary 13th, which is set to debut on Netflix on October 7th.

The film focuses on the current influence of the prison system, and specifically its overarching impact on the African American community. The title itself is a reference to a seemingly minor loophole in the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads; "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist."

It's that little inclusion of "Except as a punishment for crime" that leads the whole prison-industrial complex astray, which the film directly tackles.

Watch the first official trailer below.