There are a lot of forces out there trying to keep us disconnected: Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay has used her voice as a filmmaker and activist to guide national dialogue about races. That summer, following the murder of George Floyd, her award-winning Netflix documentary "13th", about racism and mass imprisonment in America, saw viewership increase by more than 4,000%.
DuVernay spoke to Yahoo Finance 2020: A Time for Change about the film's resurgence. “I'm proud that people took 13th place on the race bill this summer, and I hope they don't, that people see this movie and feel, 'Got it, got it. 'The film was designed and it's a primer, a first touch point and an opening of the door. "
DuVernay insists that after the movie is turned off, viewers must continue their journey of learning, curiosity, and empathy. “That was a 100 minute film, wasn't it? You've spent 100 minutes learning things you may not have known about. And the question is: will you invest more time in the things that are important to you? "
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NEW YORK, NY - Director Ava DuVernay speaks at the "13th" World premiere on September 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo / Getty Images)
"This whole project is really about empathy"
DuVernay is a bold name best known for directing "Selma," "When They See Us," and "A Wrinkle in Time." However, your company ARRAY is keen to expand the work of lesser known filmmakers and promote color globally.
The latest project she is working on is New Realities, a first-person virtual reality series of documentaries that features 10 young women around the world. The project comes from Lenovo with Girls Up and is published free of charge in connection with the United Nations International Girls' Day.
"There are a lot of forces out there trying to keep us separate and so this whole project is really about empathy," DuVernay said.
Ava DuVernay arrives for the 72nd annual DGA Awards on January 25, 2020. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX / AFP via Getty Images)
Even with the heat leading up to the election, DuVernay believes these are the stories we need. "To see how they tell their own stories in such a cool way, I think it's a perfect time for that," said DuVernay.
“There is a constant cacophony of a certain type of voice that just overwhelms us. The things we need to talk about ... those are the nuanced things. Let's remember the things that are important and these young people are important where they are important, what they think about, what interests them. "
Jen Rogers is an anchor for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @JenSaidIt.
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