SPOTLIGHT February, 2024: Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker, Activist and Architect of our Reflections

Ava emerges as a beacon of narrative innovation and cultural introspection. She’s not just making films; she’s setting new standards. Ava has a knack for seeing things that others miss and giving a voice to stories that are too often left untold. Her films do more than challenge our thinking; they shatter the status quo and remold the fragments into works of Kintsugi—showing off our shine but never denying our sharp edges. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists celebrates Ava DuVernay for her indelible contribution to the art of storytelling and her pursuit of stories and initiatives that don’t just entertain but enlighten, empower, and embrace us.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 12, 2020: BLACK STORIES MATTER

BLACK LIVES MATTER! The Alliance of Women Film Journalists stands united with all who are demanding an end to the systemic racism that permeates American policy and culture. BLACK STORIES MATTER! To understand the depth of the injustice experienced by our nation’s Black communities and other people of color, we must listen to their stories and embrace their truths. BLACK MOVIES MATTER! Films presenting stories that reflect Black perspectives, culture and lifestyle are essential, entertaining and enlightening vehicles that drive home the need for change — at breakneck speed.

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SELMA – Review by Sharronda Williams

Ava DuVernay’s Selma, focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s heroic fight for voting equality in Alabama, never shies away from showing the inherent dangers of being Black in the South. DuVernay embraces terrifying moments to honor the spirit of Dr. King and all those whose struggle, and sometimes death, became a catalyst for change. Selma is still relevant today because the fight for equality still rages on.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2017: Ava DuVernay, Film Director and Crusader — by Marilyn Ferdinand

ava-duvernay-head-shotAva DuVernay prolifically creates award-winning narratives, documentaries and TV with small and large budgets. She generously supports the work of women directors and people of color through her film collective ARRAY. It’s hard to think of a more productive, galvanizing and charismatic woman in film than Ava DuVernay.

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An Open Letter to the New York Film Festival Selection Committee – Rania Richardson

It was a surprise to many when when filmmaker Ava DuVernay was not on the list of Academy Award nominees for the 2015 Best Director despite her widely hailed work on “Selma.” Then again, Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010 Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker” didn’t exactly usher in a new dawn for female filmmakers. It’s a boy’s club, this movie world. You know it is. Read on…

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SELMA – Review by Lisa Rosman (Guest Post)

The only man from the twentieth century who has an American federal holiday named after him, Martin Luther King Jr. is almost inarguably our country’s most influential civil rights leader to date. Yet, as improbable as it may seem, “Selma” is the first feature-length film ever made about him.

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