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Director Ava DuVernay On Hollywood Diversity

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ava DuVernay discusses film diversity, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, and Participant’s upcoming Hurricane Katrina Project. DuVernay wrote, produced, and directed Participant’s Middle of Nowhere, the 2012 Sundance Best Director winner.

Ava DuVernay on Hollywood diversity and the need for heroes that 'reflect more than one kind of person'

Entertainment Weekly  - May 7, 2015

By Nina Terreo

With Selma, director Ava DuVernay tackled the story of Martin Luther King and the fight for voting rights amid the rampant racial injustice of the ‘60s. But many of the issues that acted as a catalyst for the civil-rights movement—including racist attitudes and injustice—remain in existance today, as evidenced by recent police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, and North Charleston, S.C., and the outrage that followed.  Read more here.

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