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.

This weekend, ARRAY rolls out a pair of features, Out of My Hand and Ayanda, that give film fans a taste of what’s to come from the distribution collective.

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. 

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  • Mary Burrell

    I saw this on Melissa Harris Perry MSNBC last Sunday

    • [email protected]

      Yes, I saw her talking with Melissa Harris Perry last Sunday as well.

  • [email protected]

    The whole movement is great. Films that deal with our stories should be shown internationally. Ava Duvernay is an inspirational woman in many ways. Both films have a lot of creativity, great dialogue, and stories that human beings can relate to. I certainly do support ARRAY.

  • Mary Burrell

    I saw clips of these when Ava Duvernay was discussing having diversity in films Ayanda caught my attention.