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Penn Humanities Forum Screenings
New Black Cinematography: Films of Bradford Young

Middle of Nowhere

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Wednesday 3/18
7:00 pm
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Middle of Nowhere
dir. Ava DuVernay, USA, 2014, digital, 97 min.

‘How do you maintain a marriage — and your own identity — when your husband has been sentenced to prison for eight years? That is the dilemma facing Ruby, the protagonist [who] makes big sacrifices, giving up medical school to focus on her efforts to free her man and maintain her marriage….A powerful portrait of a strong woman contending with conflicting feelings of love, guilt,
and inconvenient desire.’—Los Angeles Film Festival.

Ava DuVernay was the first African American woman to win Best Director at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film.

Preceded by:
The Door
dir. Ava DuVernay, USA, 2013, digital, 9 min.

This short film commissioned by the fashion brand Miu Miu showcases ‘the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change….Clothing [is] a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door. The Door stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye, and singer-songwriter Goapele.’—Miu Miu