Ava DuVernay

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‘I’m a big believer in pain being an adhesive’: Jon Bernthal on ‘walking through fire’ for Ava DuVernay
The actor’s new film Origin sees him star as the husband of Pulitzer-winner Isabel Wilkerson. He reflects on the fight for social justice and avoiding the new film seeming like a ‘woke agenda’

Zoe Williams

01, Mar, 2024 @8:00 AM

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Ava DuVernay: ‘We need to wake up. We’re less than a year away from a transition of power’
The acclaimed film-maker talks about her conversation-starting new film Origin, working outside of the studio system and why Black women are so often gaslit

Susan Smith-Richardson in New York

11, Dec, 2023 @11:11 AM

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Venice film festival 2023 week two roundup – Priscilla, Bernstein, refugees and hitmen
Emma Stone goes wild in a zany Victorian fantasy, Woody Allen gets one of the biggest laughs of the week, Carey Mulligan turns in a career-best performance – and the Golden Lion should go to Agnieszka Holland’s searing Green Border

Jonathan Romney

09, Sep, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Ava DuVernay: Black film-makers are told people don’t care about our stories
Academy Award winning director was speaking at Venice film festival, where she is the first African American woman to compete in its 91 year history

Catherine Shoard

07, Sep, 2023 @9:17 AM

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Origin review – a heartfelt look at a journalist challenging the concept of race
There are solid performances in this dramatisation of Isabel Wilkerson’s attempt to explain racism as an aspect of the caste system, but it may have been better as a documentary

Peter Bradshaw

06, Sep, 2023 @5:15 PM

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Venice film festival picks starry films despite actors’ strike
Hollywood films vying for Golden Lion include Bradley Cooper’s Maestro and Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things, with non-competition films by Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater

Andrew Pulver

25, Jul, 2023 @2:43 PM

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Colin in Black and White review – Kaepernick drama will take your breath away
The athlete turned activist joins forces with Ava Duvernay for a bold and devastating docudrama mixing the story of his early life with shocking stats on racial inequality

Lucy Mangan

29, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Colin Kaepernick’s latest stand: the TV show that shares his fascinating truth
Trump called him a ‘son of a bitch’ for taking the knee, but he stood firm – at huge cost. Now, in Ava DuVernay’s illuminating new show about his life, the football star likens NFL recruitment to a 19th-century slave market

Steve Rose

29, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The White Tiger rides the surge in streamed south Asian stories
The adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker-winning novel is coming to Netflix – one of a growing number of films from the region snapped up by the streaming giants

Ashanti Omkar

20, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Funny Boy review – Sri Lankan rites-of-passage tale clashes with political reality
Arush Nand is very good as a gay Tamil boy in Deepa Mehta’s coming-of-age drama set in a period building to civil war

Cath Clarke

10, Dec, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Twitter accused of double standards over ban on tweets wishing death on Trump
Ava DuVernay among those highlighting platform’s lack of action over abusive tweets

Aaron Walawalkar

03, Oct, 2020 @3:28 PM

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Residue review – haunting drama on the dangers of gentrification
A visually striking and timely film from first-time writer-director Merawi Gerima sees a film-maker returning to an unrecognisable DC neighbourhood

Radheyan Simonpillai

17, Sep, 2020 @7:04 AM

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