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Ava DuVernay emerged as a great force in the movie industry with the critically acclaimed, widely loved movie Selma, which she directed. Besides the wide praise, the movie got a Best Picture Oscar nomination and Ava made history by being the first African American woman to be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe.

With the new project she is embarking on, she has made yet more history by being the first African American woman to direct a film titled Wrinkle in Time, with more than $100 million budget. The movie is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 fantasy novel and is being produced by Disney.

 

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The news of Ava is a tremendous step for women in Hollywood. This brings to light the under-representation of non-male directors. Kathryn Bigelow, a white woman, was the first female director granted such a budget with 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker. Patty Jenkins was second on the list as she was confirmed in April of this year, the director of the upcoming Wonder Woman film. Ava however is the first black woman to achieve such a feat, which given the extreme racial tension happening in the world right now, is rather significant.

 

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Written by Nkem Ikeh

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