Ava DuVernay’s film Selma shook up the industry last year and put the Compton native on the list of Hollywood’s hottest directors. While she’s leveraged her newfound popularity to boost her resume with juicy projects, like the upcoming series on OWN called Queen Sugar, DuVernay’s also used her visibility to advocate for women filmmakers and artists of color.
To this end, DuVernay rebranded her film distribution company, ARRAY, to help artists from marginalized communities get their films into theaters and in front of audiences.
Out of My Hand is a gripping drama from director Takeshi Fukunaga about a Liberian immigrant who moves to New York City after getting caught up in a labor struggle back home. In the film, Cisco, played by newcomer Bishop Blay, struggles to deal with feelings of isolation and belonging in his new home.
Ayanda, a film by Sara Blecher, is a coming-of-age story about a young South African woman in Johannesburg who struggles to keep her father’s car repair shop open after his death. The film won the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition, and is full of love and humor.
Both films open this weekend in Los Angeles and New York, and will show in several cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle, and Boston.
To see a full list of theaters, head over to the ARRAY website.