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Director Ava DuVernay Looks Back at Her Journey From Dreamer to Doer

August 29, 2018
Her childhood in LA, discovering her love for movies, and making a name for herself in the entertainment world.

Known as an empowering and vocal filmmaker, Director Ava DuVernay has become a powerful figure for women and people of color in the entertainment industry. However, she didn’t start off that way.

From an entertainment publicist straight out of college to having her own firm representing Hollywood’s top directors, Ava has always been surrounded by those with a love for film. She recently sat down with MAKERS for an intimate interview recalling her early days growing up in Compton with her family, how they (and her job) influenced her move into filmmaking, and how she’s dealt with the struggles of being a female person-of-color trying to tell stories people weren’t willing to tell.

“Why do we have to strip off who we are to fit in to some dominant culture?” she asks. “Say what you are, be proud of what you are.”

Watch the interview above & see more of her work on her reel.

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