CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING
In adapting Isabel Wilkerson's nonfiction bestseller Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents for the screen, director Ava DuVernay takes an audaciously inspired approach by putting the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wilkerson at the center of the story. The result is a remarkable and affecting journey through not only our shared history — American racism, India's caste system, and Nazi persecution of Jews — but one woman's grief in the face of tremendous personal tragedy. In crafting one of the defining American books of our time, Wilkerson explores the mystery of history, the wonders of romance, and a fight for the future of us all.
Presented in English and German with English subtitles.
Filmed in Savannah
Director, producer, and writer Ava DuVernay will be presented with the Virtuoso Director Award. A Q&A with DuVernay immediately follows the screening.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, and director whose films include Origin, Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history. In 2019, her four-part series When They See Us was honored with 16 Emmy nominations. DuVernay's critically acclaimed series Queen Sugar is the longest-running Black family drama in American television history.