Ava DuVernay

b. 1972, Los Angeles



Selma (2014)

Synopsis: A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. DuVernay became the first Black woman nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for Selma. The film was also nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and won an Academy Award for Best Song.


Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Synopsis: When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Ruby drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for this quiet and powerful film.


I Will Follow (2010)

Synopsis: Chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.

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