Ava DuVernay, Director of “13th”, Discusses Her Thoughts On Law Enforcement and A Need For Change

Courtesy: Ricardo DeAratanha

If you haven’t heard of Ava DuVernay, now is the perfect time to learn about her. DuVernay is the mastermind behind the award winning Netflix documentary, “13th”. The documentary revolves around the history of race, police brutality, and mass incarceration within the Black community.

The film is almost two hours in length, but it’s filled with valuable knowledge and information from scholars, politicians and activists. 

Yesterday, DuVernay made an appearance on The Ellen Show, to discuss her thoughts on George Floyd’s death, as well as the justice system as a whole. 

She started off by admitting that after watching hours of police brutality footage, she felt as though she was desensitized to watching that type of content. 

However, she stated that watching Floyd’s death “brought me to my knees”. DuVernay went on to explain that it most likely had to do with the clarity/angle of the footage.

“It was because we actually watched both parties’ faces framed perfectly… It was both men right in your face, right to the lens; one begging for his life and one taking it”.

DuVernay also made an interesting point, when she mentioned that although the world is aware of the names of the innocent Black men and women who have been wrongfully killed, a majority of the time, the names of the officers are rarely revealed. 

DuVernay has also been very vocal on social media, regarding two important projects that she had founded. The first is ARRAY — a platform that (according to their mission statement) “produces, distributes, exhibits and amplifies images by Black artists, people of color and women of all kinds.”

The second project is called “LEAP Action”. The acronym stands for: Law Enforcement Accountability Project. The purpose of this project is to stop the silence that revolves around misconduct and aggression, within the justice system. 

According to the project’s website, there are two different ways that one can take the leap. One way is by donating to artists that are working to bring about a “narrative change around the police abuse of Black people.”

The second way to get involved is simply by entering your e-mail address. It takes less than thirty seconds, and LEAP will notify you when a project/piece is completed [for you to share across social media]. 

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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