A Conversation with Ava DuVernay: Resistance, Storytelling, and Film


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John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Join us for a conversation between Oscar-nominated filmmaker and screenwriter Ava DuVernay and Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

DuVernay’s latest film ‘Origin’ is a powerful adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s book ‘Caste’, taking a broad look at underlying systems of social hierarchies. It draws connections between race in the United States, the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, and the system of caste in India. By translating these true stories to screen, ‘Origin’ fosters a crucial dialogue on the American understanding of race.

At this event hosted by the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project (IARA) and the Institute of Politics, we will explore the relationship between film and advancing racial equity, asking: how is film an effective platform for shaping an informed and critical public narrative about race in the U.S.? And for the filmmakers attempting to do this, what barriers are standing in the way?

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