Netflix's Oscar-tapped '13th' gets go-ahead for classrooms

The hard-hitting documentary named for the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, can be screened in educational settings at no cost, Netflix says.

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Cory Booker, a US senator from New Jersey, is interviewed in "13th."

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Netflix has given the go-ahead for teachers to screen the Oscar-nominated documentary "13th" in schools.

The powerful film is named after US Constitution's 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and examines the American prison system. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film is distributed exclusively by Netflix and is in the running for best documentary at this month's Academy Awards.

The film can be publicly screened for free for educational reasons educational for students, community groups or book groups as long as no admission is charged and no donations are requested, the company said. The film must be accessed by a Netflix account holder through the streaming service.

Other Netflix documentaries that can be screened for educational purposes include "The White Helmets", a film about the deadly conflict in Syria, and "Audrie & Daisy", which examines two cases of sexual assault in the age of social media.

"13th" is Netflix's fifth Oscar nomination, all of which have been for documentaries. DuVernay's film has already won a number of awards, including a Bafta in the UK.

Rival streaming service Amazon has also been collecting awards for the drama "Manchester By The Sea," starring Casey Affleck.

Correction, 7:22 a.m. PT: The article incorrectly stated the number of nominations for Netflix films. "13th" is Netflix's fifth Oscar nomination.

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