IN OUR MOTHERS’ GARDENS – Review by Martha K Baker

The title comes from a book by Alice Walker, who wrote: “How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.” The third documentary sponsored by filmmaker Ava DuVernay under the Array title bangs drums of Black family history. Director Shantrelle P. Lewis celebrates all things family by interviewing a raft of Black women about their ancestors. Some sit and reminisce, some cook and rail, some show up in old films or albums, some rehearse stories their mothers told about their mothers. The stories they tell are magnetic, and this film demands attention.

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IN OUR MOTHERS’ GARDENS – Review by Leslie Combemale

In Our Mothers’ Gardens is a fearless, confessionalist record, from inside personal histories, of Black mothers and grandmothers, and it is steeped in Black love and culture. It can open the eyes of people who have no true understanding of the strength of family and matriarchy in Black communities. It is a celebration that reflects, through a wide diversity of real stories by Black women, the power, importance, influence, and, above all, the perspective, of Black matriarchy

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay Adapts Wilkerson’s CASTE for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce the feature adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The new project will reunite the Oscar-nominated moviemaker with Netflix, although it will be her first feature film for the streaming giant.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay to Produce, Narrate ONE PERFECT SHOT Docuseries – Brandy McDonnell reports

HBO Max has greenlit a new docuseries celebrating iconic movie moments guided by Hollywood’s most exhilarating cinematic voices. One Perfect Shot, a half-hour unscripted series, will be executive produced and narrated by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner Ava DuVernay and produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television with DuVernay’s production company, ARRAY Filmworks.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2020: Ava Duvernay, Filmmaker and Cinema Crusader

It’s hard to think of a more galvanizing, charismatic woman in film than Ava DuVernay. The 47-year-old producer, director, writer, distributor, and crusader for social justice has broken through boundaries and expanded professional and personal possibilities for women — especially women of color — working in film, and everywhere else. DuVernay has our greatest respect for her artistry, her dedication to freedom and equality for all people, and her innovative leadership by example.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 13, 2019: THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

A chance encounter brings two women together for a day that neither could have anticipated in Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ drama The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. Authentic in every way, from the gritty cinematography to the convincing performances, it’s documentary-like in its frank honesty.

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THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN – Review by Sheila Roberts

Filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers’s Canadian indie, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, is part of Ava DuVernay’s impressive ARRAY initiative, a grassroots distribution, arts and advocacy collective focused on independent films by people of color and women filmmakers globally. The unpretentious film set in Vancouver examines how class and racism impact two young indigenous women from vastly different social and ethnic backgrounds.

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