Ava DuVernay Speaks Out Against “White Patriarchy”

Ava DuVernay
Source: The Source

Ava DuVernay, director of the biopic Selma, has said on an LA film panel that art is created “within a system that is not built to support varied voices”, and she labelled that system “a white patriarchy”, according to The Guardian, which also records the following comments from DuVernay:

“[…]It’s incumbent upon us, women film-makers, film-makers of color, to track our own legacy […]This patriarchy is often shocked when a black film does well, or shocked when a film directed by a woman does well. That strips away the legacy from where that film-maker comes from. It assumes that because I’m the first black woman to do this and that, that I was the first one that had the capacity to do so – which is incredibly insulting to all the artists who have been doing the work for this moment[…]There can’t be ‘moments,”[…]“It has to be the way we are – whether by force of by familiarity.”

Indie Wire reported that Duvernay was “accepting the 2016 “Spirit of Independence Award” at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend with her Array Now distribution and marketing team Mercedes Cooper and Tilane Jones” and said that “she’s prepping a big-budget adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi classic ‘A Wrinkle in Time‘,about a time-traveling black girl exploring the universe”.

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