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Photo Flash: Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Van Jones Talk Netflix's 13TH on MLK Weekend

On Sunday night of Martin LUTHER King Jr. weekend, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant (ret.) hosted a reception and special conversation on behalf of Netflix's original documentary 13TH at their home in Los Angeles.

The conversation was moderated by Oprah Winfrey and featured 13TH director Ava DuVernay and CNN political commentator Van Jones discussing the documentary, the criminal justice system and state of race relations in America post election.

Guests in attendance included Chelsea Handler, Samira Wiley, Laura Dern, Mira Sorvino, Quincy Jones, Mark Duplass, Rob Reiner, Brett Ratner, Courtney B. Vance, Rosanna Arquette, Tina Lifford, Nia Vardalos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clarence Avant, Lorraine Toussaint, Maria Bello, Francis Fisher, Marcia Gay Harden, Camryn Manheim, Kimberly Peirce, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, and leadership from #cut50, Homeboy Industries and Color Of Change.

ABOUT 13TH The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "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." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from an array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

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Ava DuVernay and Van Jones seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and Van Jones seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Ambassador Nicole Avant, Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Van Jones seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Ava DuVernay, Katie Aselton and Mark Duplass seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Ava DuVernay and Clarence Avant seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Ava DuVernay and Lorraine Toussaint seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Ava DuVernay and Ambassador Nicole Avant seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Quincy Jones, Jacqueline Avant and Clarence Avant seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Lorena Mendoza and Shaun Toub seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Marcia Gay Harden and Maria Bello seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Clarence Avant and Courtney B. Vance seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Laura Dern and Chelsea Handler seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Chelsea Handler and Frances Fisher seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Rob Reiner and Michele Singer Reiner seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Katie Aselton and Mark Duplass seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Leslie Vance, Courtney B. Vance and Conroy Vance seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Yvonne Boismier Phillips, Lou Diamond Phillips and Camryn Manheim seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Lorraine Toussaint and Samira Wiley seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass and Mimi Rogers seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Laura Dern and Ellery Walker Harper seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Adam Shankman, Brett Ratner seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Frances Fisher and Kimberly Peirce seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)


Chelsea Handler and Camryn Manheim seen at Netflix's original documentary "13TH" reception hosted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Ambassador Nicole Avant with a special conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey with director Ava DuVernay and Van Jones] on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)

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