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TakePart Q&A with ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Filmmaker Ava DuVernay

‘Middle of Nowhere’ Director: ‘If I Could, I Would Abolish Prisons.’

In an exclusive Q&A, Ava DuVernay admits she is radical; that’s what it means to be a woman filmmaker.

Middle of Nowhere is a movie that starts with the premise of an African American male going to prison and defies expectations and stereotypes from there on out. Produced, directed and written by Ava DuVernay, the film focuses on the family left outside, never venturing deeper into the penal system than a penitentiary visiting room.

By turning prison movie conventions inside out, Middle of Nowhere dips deep into the well of universal truths about loss and living and moving on, and basically invents its own genre.

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