Critics' Picks: The 10 Best Documentaries of the Year

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Drilling deep into societal ills that, unfortunately, seldom are off the front page these days, DuVernay’s doc takes a comprehensive historical look at the numerous ways the African-American population has continued to be subjugated, marginalized, penalized, punished, victimized and incarcerated over the century and a half since the 13th Amendment abolished slavery. Composed yet intense, measured yet impassioned, analytical yet deeply emotional, this eloquently articulated testimony as to how far the nation remains from true racial equality is a must-see for the socially engaged public. — Todd McCarthy

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