Independent film by black director gets Oprah’s plug
Bringing light to untold stories and broadening the scope of black independent film is what moves Ms. DuVernay to distribute her own projects and those of other black filmmakers.
“Black audiences are not used to art-house fare because they’ve not had any kind of diet of it. It’s not been provided to them,” she said. “And independent audiences are not used to black fare.”
She wants to cultivate and educate both audiences through her own films and AaFFRM.
“There’s something very important about films about black women and girls being made by black women,” she said. “It’s a different perspective. It is a reflection as opposed to an interpretation, and I think we get a lot of interpretations about the lives of women that are not coming from women.”
Ms. DuVernay said she is convinced that stories from underrepresented populations will find audiences in this digital age, just as her films have.
“It’s easier to get your hands on a camera now, easier to make a film, easier to get and find an audience and new ways to reach people through digital,” she said.