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Ava DuVernay

1972-08-24 Long Beach, California, USA

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Ava Marie DuVernay (born August 24, 1972) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and former rapper. In the 1990s, DuVernay was active in the Los Angeles underground hip hop scene, performing under the names AvA and Eve, and as one half of the duo Figures of Speech with fellow female MC Ronda Ross (aka Jyant). DuVernay's debut film, music documentary "This Is the Life" (2008), chronicled the rise and enduring influence of the scene of which she had been a part, focusing on its epicenter at the famous open mic nights in the Good Life Cafe, where many major west coast underground hip hop artists got their starts. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film "Middle of Nowhere", becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work on "Selma" (2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and also the first to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, though she was not nominated for Best Director. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her political documentary "13th" (2016).


Becoming King Self 2024-02-19
Only in Theaters Self 2022-11-18
Regard Noir Herself 2021-03-21
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks Self 2021-06-18
Adele One Night Only Self 2021-11-14
Aggie Self 2020-10-07
Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now Self 2019-06-13
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Self 2018-12-07
Half the Picture Self 2018-06-08
The Female Lead - A Selection of Portraits 2017-03-05
13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay Herself 2017-01-26
Girls Trip Ava DuVernay 2017-07-21
Life Itself Self - Filmmaker 2014-07-04
This Is the Life Self 2008-02-08