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Ava DuVernay Wants Her Film “Origin” to Influence the 2024 Election

By: David Remnick
Publication: The New Yorker
January 05, 2024
January 05, 2024
Photograph by Erik Carter / NYT / Redux

The filmmaker Ava DuVernay has a reputation for tackling challenging material about America’s troubled past with such works as “Selma” and “When They See Us.” “Origin,” her adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s best-sellerCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” may be her most ambitious undertaking to date. “This breaks every screenwriting rule, every rule of filmmaking that I know,” DuVernay tells David Remnick. Plus, the journalist John Nichols discusses what it’s like to be drawn into a January 6th conspiracy theory, and former President Trump’s legal defense in the federal case against him.

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