Ava DuVernay is one of the voices of the new generation of black filmmakers. And this year she became the first African-American woman to win a best directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. She won for "Middle of Nowhere," a drama about a young black woman named Ruby who puts her life on hold while her husband is in prison.
The former aspiring broadcast journalist-turned-publicist overcame fear and ridicule to become an independent filmmaker. Here's the story of how she got there: read it on CNN.
She is at the Amsterdam Film Week on 6 and 7 November. On Tuesday 6 November she will be available for a Q&A during the screening of her film "Middle of Nowhere" and on 8 November she will be a guest in the Jameson Late Night Talkshow, where she will talk about her work.
Information about the film at: http://www.amsterdamfilmweek.com
In the video below Ava Duvernay talks about herself, the film and the theme.