In her New York Times piece on films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Manohla Dargis introduced a new test for meaningful diversity in film. Similar to the Bechdel Test, which measures whether or not women’ on screen presence extends beyond centering around the activities or presence of male characters, the “DuVernay test,” as Dargis states, measures whether or not African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives as opposed to just serving to the support the scenery in white stories. Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to express her support for the test.
Wow. Floored. What a lovely cinematic idea to embrace. What a thrill to be associated with it. Absolutely wonderful. https://t.co/zjoWBBIKVy
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 31, 2016
It will be interesting to see how many films pass the DuVernay test this year.