Black Panther director Ryan Coogler praises Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay has seen it all. She was a high powered Hollywood publicist with her own company before going on to write, produce and direct two films about the struggle of black women to find hope even after suffering loss.

Ryan Coogler, of Black Panther directorial fame, wrote a piece for ESPN about DuVernay and her work and didn’t shy away from the praise.

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“Ava DuVernay is someone who makes the impossible look easy. It’s why I feel privileged to call her my big sister,” he began. “I met her in 2013, but she’s one of those people who you feel like you’ve always known.”

DuVernay’s production company worked to finance and distribute independent movies created by women and people of color. What she has done with A Wrinkle in Time is magic. She took this highly sought after story and turned it into one of the best movies about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we have ever seen.

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Ryan Coogler sees DuVernay as a “pioneer” and says that she is “inclusion, equity and representation.” He also stated that she is the “past present and future” and a “warrior” who, even through the loss of her father, worked on “13th” to share what the US would look like if slavery still existed.

In A Wrinkle in Time Ava DuVernay has made women “warriors” and taken one of the stories that those in the industry called unfilmable. She turned the story into one bursting with hope and love, a story that will inspire us.

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The story is centered on a young black girl, a normal young girl who doesn’t want to accept the fact that her father is lost to her. She does what she needs to do in order to bring her dad back all while perhaps saving the universe at the same time, making this a relatable and beautiful movie to watch.