Video: Sundance winning director Ava Duvernay is at the Amsterdam Film Week


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:

In the video below Ava Duvernay talks about herself, the film and the theme.


  1. I know this theme is very relevant in urban communities in the US but I wasn't aware that this is the case for the UK and The Netherlands as well, until you mentioned it. This is indeed a very timely presentation and although I haven't seen it yet it appears to have been well received thus far.
    I have no doubt that many of our people relate very closely to this story and I hope it will help to bring us closer together on both sides of the pond.

    Ms. Duvernay and her film are also due to appear at The Stockholm Film Festival 7-18, November see the following URL for the time

    1. I hope this film will also be promoted in Europe, because the film isn't mentioned on the well known black European sites and blogs.

      And thanks for the link!

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