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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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 13 – January 20, 2017: 13TH

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th, using the 13th Amendment as a point of departure for a revealing investigation of mass incarceration in the US, is a history lesson, cinema essay and cogent, irrefutable indictment of economic and cultural policies that are the enduring legacy of slavery. The 13th was the first nonfiction film to open the New York Film Festival. It has garnered numerous awards and is shortlisted for an Academy Award. AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 13th, playing at select theaters and on Netflix. Read on…

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