Ava DuVernay’s film, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE finds light at the tunnel’s end
In this video review, our wonderful host, Stefanie Alleyne, meets up with today’s panelist, Beryl Edgecombe, at the popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurant and bar, Traffic to discuss the award winning indie film, “Middle of Nowhere.”
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay and a winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival’ for Best Director, a first for an African American female, “Middle of Nowhere,” bravely tackles a subject rarely seen on the cinematic screen. The concept for this film was conceived from her own personal observations. Being raised in Compton, California, Ava has stated that she witnessed first hand too many families whose lives reflect this narrative. Here she reveals a story that is all too familiar to some and an eye opener for others. This is her second feature film. Her first was “I Will Follow.”
In “Middle of Nowhere”, we follow the life choices of Ruby, a gorgeous African American woman who has set her own ambitions on pause to accommodate her husband’s incarceration and ultimately his absence. As we frequently discover in life, time can be a harsh teacher and often forces us to come to terms with others as well as ourselves. And yet, time can also be a healer allowing us to move out with faith and confidence in territory unexplored. This is a love story that ultimately teaches us the importance of loving self first.
Ava has gathered a fantastic cast of fresh faces for this film. Beginning with the beautiful Emayatzy Corinealdi who plays Ruby in a manner that is wonderfully understated giving the evolution of her character its time warranted for justice due. Also featured is Omari Hardwick who plays her husband, Derek and David Oyelowo as Brian, a man of deep interest. Seasoned actress Lorraine Touissant gives a stellar performance here as her frustrated mother desperately attempting to prevent history from repeating itself due to poor life choices. This is a wonderful story rich with candor and honesty.
Like Spike Lee, Ava duVernay is taking the road less traveled and introducing viewers to slices of African American life so often ignored by the big machine called Hollywood. This is a writer and director you will want to follow. Expect to continue to see her refreshing perspectives on the lives of the everyday people around you or perhaps even recognize yourself.
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