Ava DuVernay Unpacks ‘Origin’: ‘You’ll Sit Through Three Hours’ of Oppenheimer’s Process. Will You Sit Through Two Hours of Isabel Wilkerson’s?

After directing “Origin” — the feature adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” — Academy Award-nominee Ava DuVernay is feeling incredibly content.In fact, when she appears over Zoom from her office at the Array creative campus in L.A.

in late August, just a couple days ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, there’s a glow about her.

And it doesn’t seem to be coming from a ring light.Asked what she’ll take from the process of making “Origin” into her next project, DuVernay replies: “How did this change me? So much so that if I never made another film, the experience of making this one would be enough.”The filmmaker turned 51 on August 24, the same day I previewed the film with a small group of critics and journalists.

She spent the better part of her…

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