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Close Up: Ava DuVernay

June 2018

Compelling and urgent voices in contemporary cinema.


Image from Selma


Ava DuVernay is not just a filmmaker; she is a movement. Her works focuses on complex, profound and intelligent characters. Through both her own work and her distribution company ARRAY, DuVernay has championed and propelled stories about women and people of colour, and in just over 10 years since she directed her first feature, she has become one of the major contemporary filmmakers working today.

Anna Bogutskaya, Events Programmer

  • This Is the Life

    This Is the Life

    A fascinating documentary charting the rise of a group of LA street poets who shunned gangster rap.

  • I Will Follow

    I Will Follow

    An artist receives 12 visitors who will help her move on from a recent bereavement.

  • Middle of Nowhere

    Middle of Nowhere

    Ruby drops out of med school to focus on the well-being of her incarcerated husband.

  • Selma


    Ava DuVernay’s breakout film stars a brilliant David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.

  • 13th


    Ava DuVernay’s riveting piece of non-fiction features many major thinkers of our time.

  • The Close Up Salon: Ava DuVernay

    The Close Up Salon: Ava DuVernay

    We showcase the work of a woman who’s forging her own path as one of the brightest and boldest contemporary directors.

See our screening of A Wrinkle in Time as part of our families programme.

'This June we honour the trailblazing women of yesterday, today and tomorrow with major retrospectives and events at BFI Southbank. Join us as we pay tribute to those who transcend their worlds to expand ours.'
Gaylene Gould, Head of Cinema and Events


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