Many of Ava DuVernay’s works, from her moving film Selma to the harrowing documentary 13th have all been about illuminating the true history of America. DuVernay, in her narratives, gives viewers an intimate look at the way racist histories many feel are past take on new shapes and persist in the modern day.
For the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the director debuted August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People, a commissioned 22-minute film that examines significant moments in African-American history that occurred on this date. It stars Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland and Glynn Turman.
DuVernay’s film is exclusively at the Smithsonian as an orientation film. Today, she tweeted about the date and how it’s still a date she tracks. Though her film ends with Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination, she points out that Colin Kaepernick’s statements on his anthem protest also landed on the 28th.
History continues to be made on the “mammoth” day, and serves as a time to recognize what DuVernay calls a “date that has exposed two Americas.”
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