Cast & Crew

Directed By

Written By

Ava DuVernay
written by


Melina Abdullah
Self - Chair, Pan-African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Alexander
Self - Educator and Author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Cory Booker
Self - U.S. Senator (D) New Jersey
Dolores Canales
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / Co-Founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
Gina Clayton
Self - Attorney and Founder, Essie Justice Group
Jelani Cobb
Self - Professor of African-American Studies, University of Connecticut
Malkia Cyril
Self - Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice
Angela Davis
Self - Professor Emerita, UC Santa Cruz
Craig DeRoche
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / President, Justice Fellowship
David Dinkins
Self - 106th Mayor of New York City (D)
Baz Dreisinger
Self - Educator and Author, Incarceration Nations
Kevin Gannon
Self - Professor of History, Grandview University
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Self - Professor of History, Harvard University
Marie Gottschalk
Self - Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Newt Gingrich
Self - 50th Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Lisa Graves
Self - Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy
Cory Greene
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / Co-Founder, H.O.L.L.A.
John Hagan
Self - Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University
Michael Hough
Self - Maryland State Senator (R), American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Van Jones
Self - Founder, #CUT50 / Founder & President, Dream Corps
David Keene
Self - Chairman 1984 - 2011, American Conservative Union
James Kilgore
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Author, Understanding Mass Incarceration
Glenn E. Martin
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / Founder, JustLeadershipUSA
Marc Mauer
Self - Executive Director, Sentencing Project
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Self - Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard University
Pat Nolan
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / SVP, Prison Fellowship
Grover Norquist
Self - Board Member, Americans for Tax Reform
Dorsey Nunn
Self - Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Liza Jessie Peterson
Self - Incarceration Activist and Educator
Charles Rangel
Self - Congressman (D), New York 13th District
Kyung-Ji Rhee
Self - Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions
Rashad Robinson
Self - Color for Change
Shaka Senghor
Self - Formerly Incarcerated Activist / Director of Strategy, #CUT50
Bob Sloan
Self - Independent Investigative Journalist
Deborah Small
Self - Attorney and Founder, Break the Chains
Bryan Stevenson
Self - Attorney and Author / Founder, Equal Justice Initiative
Ken Thompson
Self - District Attorney - Brooklyn, New York
Nicholas Turner
Self - President, Vera Institute of Justice
Daniel Wagner
Self - Investigative Reporter, Buzzfeed
Joe Atkins
Self - Minnesota (DFL)
Lee Atwater
Self - Campaign Strategist to Ronald Reagan
Tom Brokaw
Self - Host, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
Kalief Browder
Self - Inmate Held Without Trial, 2010 - 2013
Carolyn Bryant
Self - Wife of Roy Bryant
Roy Bryant
Self - Acquitted of Lynching Emmett Till
George Bush
Self - 41st President of the United States
George W. Bush
Self - 43rd President of the United States
Jimmy Carter
Self - 39th President of the United States
Philando Castile
Self - Murdered by Police
Bill Clinton
Self - 42nd President of the United States
Hillary Clinton
Self - 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Stephen Colbert
Self - Host, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Walter Cronkite
Self - Host, CBS Evening News
Richard Allen Davis
Self - Convicted Murderer
Bob Dole
Self - Former U.S. Senator (R-KS)
Sam DuBose
Self - Murdered by Police
Michael Dukakis
Self - 1988 Democratic Presidential Candidate
John Ehrlichman
Self - Chief Domestic Advisor to Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Self - 38th President of the United States
Steve Gottwalt
Self - Minnesota (R)
Oscar Grant
Self - Murdered by Police
Freddie Gray
Self - Murdered by Police
Fred Hampton
Self - Chairman, Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
Eric Courtney Harris
Self - Murdered by Police
Jason Harrison
Self - Murdered by Police
Thom Hartmann
Self - Progressive Political Commentator
Marc Lamont Hill
Self - Huffington Post Live
Willie Horton
Self - Convicted Murderer
Peter Jennings
Self - Host, ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings
Lyndon B. Johnson
Self - 36th President of the United States
Sharanda Jones
Self - Received Mandatory Minimum Sentence of Life in Prison on First Offense
Martin Luther King
Self - Civil Rights Leader
Polly Hannah Klaas
Self - Murder Victim
Ed Koch
Self - 105th Mayor of New York City
Rachel Maddow
Self - Host, The Rachel Maddow Show
Malcolm X
Self - Civil Rights Leader
Laquan McDonald
Self - Murdered by Police
Zebulon Miletsky
Self - Author, Before Busing: Boston's Long Freedom Movement in the 'Cradle of Liberty'
Mamie Till Mobley
Self - Mother of Emmett Till
Richard Nixon
Self - 37th President of the United States
Barack Obama
Self - 44th President of the United States
John Oliver
Self - Host, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Rick Perry
Self - Governor of Texas 2000 - 2015 (R)
Dan Rather
Self - Host, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
Nancy Reagan
Self - Former First Lady
Ronald Reagan
Self - 40th President of the United States
Harry Reasoner
Self - Journalist, 60 Minutes
Diamond Reynolds
Self - Partner Murdered by Police
Tamir E. Rice
Self - Murdered by Police
Ronnie C. Rouse
Self - Film and Music Producer
Bernie Sanders
Self - U.S. Senator (I-VT)
Assata Shakur
Self - Member of Black Panther Party & Black Liberation Army
Emmett Till
Self - Victim of Lynching
Donald Trump
Self - New York City Real Estate Businessman
Jerry Watson
Self - Chief Legal Counsel, American Bail Coalition
Paul Weyrich
Self - Co-Founder, ALEC
Larry Wilmore
Self - Host, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Produced By

Mercedes Yolanda Cooper
associate producer
Ben Cotner
executive producer
Adam Del Deo
executive producer
Danny Hirsch
associate post producer
Tilane Jones
Michael Nell
associate producer
Lisa Nishimura
executive producer
Jason Sterman
executive producer
Tessa Treadway
Post Production Executive
Angus Wall
executive producer


Jason Moran


Hans Charles
director of photography
Kira Kelly
director of photography


Scott Blynder
additional sound mixer
Tim Boggs
supervising sound editor
Noyan Cosarer
re-recording mixer
Dwayne Dell
sound mixer
Craig Henighan
additional mixing
Jesse Johnstone
sound recordist
Alex Lee
sound effects editor
Matt Miller
additional re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Perkins
re-recording mixer
Fred Runner
sound recordist: San Francisco/Oakland


Shawntay Fisher
key makeup artist
Jacob Geraghty
key makeup artist

Visual Effects

Leanne Dare
art director
Jamie McBriety
post producer

Production Management

Christiana Hooks
post-production supervisor
Al Smith
production supervisor


Ekin Akalin
Frank Lin
Dan Meehan


Lauren Dellara
title sequence editor
Alex Ivany
assistant editor
Zach Marshall
assistant editor: EPK
Chris Riley
on-line editor
Paul Yacono
digital intermediate colorist


Robyn Aronson
special thanks
Rand Holston
special thanks
Bill Jacks
special thanks
Carolyn Javier
special thanks
Franklin Leonard
special thanks
Jonathan Mussman
special thanks
David Oyelowo
special thanks
Roya Rastegar
special thanks
Denise Sexton
special thanks
Tessa Treadway
special thanks
Ben Weiss
special thanks
Berry Welsh
special thanks
Oprah Winfrey
special thanks

Music Department

Tera DuVernay
music supervisor
Julie Pearce
music editor
Petr E.C. Rice
additional music
Lise Richardson
music editor

Camera Department

James Allen
Gaffer San Diego
Nick Berry
Bliss Bussant
key grip: New York
Tom Cherry
assistant camera
Jay Coakley
dolly grip: San Francisco/Oakland
Andrew Crighton
swing: New York
Christine Hodinh
first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Sammy Leonard
first assistant camera: New York
J. Carlos Lopez
key grip: San Francisco & Oakland
David Magnum Garza
gaffer: San Francisco/Oakland
Chris Mariles
first assistant camera: Washington, DC
Cisco Rivera
gaffer: San Francisco/Oakland
Megaera Stephens
first assistant camera: San Francisco/Oakland
Na Thirakomen
gaffer: New York
Travis Williams
grip: San Diego
Danny Wollenberg
gaffer: Washington DC / grip
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