Video footage drawing similarities between Donald Trump's America and the America of the segregation era has been horrifying people online.

Netflix has released a documentary about the number of incarcerated Americans.

The title, '13th', is a reference to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution ratified in 1865.

It outlawed slavery, with one caveat:

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, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

The film investigates how the US, just 5 per cent of the world's population, has 25 per cent of the world's prisoners, and more significantly, why 40 percent of those incarcerated are black.

This clip from the show posted on Tuesday has been shared over 160,000 times.

It compares Trump's references to 'the good old days', with newsreel footage from just five decades ago when black Americans were treated much the same as they are at Trump rallies.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, director Ava DuVernay explained why she'd chosen to include the clips of Trump in the film.

 I think it’s vital to have him in there, because he’s taken this country to a place that is going to be studied and considered for a long time.

It’s going to have repercussions past the moment, whether he’s the president or not. Gosh, I can’t believe I’m saying those words!

The full trailer for the film can be seen here:

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