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Ava DuVernay Becomes First Black Woman To Direct $100 Million-Grossing Film With ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

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Ava DuVernay continues to make history as she has now become the first black female director to cross the $100 million mark domestically with the Disney film ‘A Wrinkle In Time’.

DuVernay, who is paving the way for future women of color in film, took to her Instagram to say, “Maybe the first, but not the last. More sisters to come.”

‘A Wrinkle In Time,’ which stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Chris Pine follows an ordinary girl’s epic adventure and brave journey to save her family, which is led by three celestial guides. The film takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, and ultimately the triumph of love.

Ironically, during a 2016 interview with CBS This Morning, Ava DuVernay says that she’d only ever dreamed of making small-budget films.

“No, I didn’t dream of this,” she said. “I just wanted to make my own small films. I saw a way to be able to take a small amount of money that I had saved… to buy a house, and I made a film with it instead. My mother wasn’t very happy about it at the time but it worked out. She’s cool with it now.”

Ava joins Ryan Coogler, F. Gary Gray, Tim Story, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jordan Peele, Malcolm D. Lee, John Singleton, Clark Johnson, Lee Daniels, Antoine Fuqua, Peter Ramsey, and Sidney Poitier as the only African American directors with $100M grossing films.


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