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Playback: Ava DuVernay on ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and the Feminization of Fantasy

Saturday - 10/03/2018 18:56
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CREDIT: JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Ava DuVernay has independent filmmaking in her bones, so the step up to a $100 million Disney spectacle like “A Wrinkle in Time” was a considerable one. But within that, she saw an opportunity to put a little girl of color front and center in a major studio tentpole, and to put out the kind of movie and representation she would have liked to see when she was growing up in Compton, the “feminization of fantasy,” she calls it. “A Wrinkle in Time” follows DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” which delved into systems of racial oppression throughout the nation’s history. That project lingered with DuVernay long after she finished it, so she was eager to go in a different direction.

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