Ava DuVernay is incredible to say the least. Her latest success includes the movie Selma, staring Oprah Winfrey. DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma, DuVernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and is also the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Ava is a trailblazer to say the least and continues to break ground for Black women in the film and television industry. She sat down with Makers in a rare and informative interview that anyone interested in pursuing filmmaking should take note of.


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Ava began her career in the film industry as a publicist. She says being on sets, behind the scenes “demystified” the process for her in the interview she did for Makers. Coming across this interview, I knew I had to share it. As women interested in film, when a seriously talented and accredited filmmaker actually takes the time to share with us- we should listen up. 

So listen to this- when Ava was asked imagesabout the kind of advice she would give young women filmmakers looking to her for mentorship, she says plainly to decide-  “Are you done dreaming?” 


Another interview worth mentioning is her conversation with the insightful and articulate Melissa Harris Perry, as Ava shares about her role as a director on the film Selma. She says her being an African American Female informs how she tells stories. She speaks of the missing perspective of women in films of this genre as these pieces are typically made and directed by men. She sites the limited spotlight shone on the women of colour who engaged in the civil rights struggles of the 60’s and 70’s. Many women who were involved in the civil rights movement have been largely left out of previous films that cover this time period and subject matter. Ava felt it necessary to shift the portrayal of the story to included in these female characters and nuanced narrative.

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The insightful and articulate Melissa Harris Perry interview renowned Director, Ava Duvernay.
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