History Museum to Debut Film by Ava DuVernay in DC

Ava DuVernay is showing us once again how she is winning and making historical strides in the film industry.

The Smithsonian’s launch of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture will include a film by DuVernay entitled August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People.

The 22-minute short chronicles six historical events that have occurred on August 28th and their significance to Black history. The film will also play exclusively in the museum for one year, according to Deadline.

“I chose to focus on a date that has fascinated me for years,” DuVernay said. “In my eyes, August 28 tells so much about Black history through the lens of one date. The Smithsonian gave us an opportunity to tell this story and I’m honored to be part of NMAAHC’s inaugural installations.”

The film will depict the lynching of Emmett Till, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It will also cover more recent happenings such as the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005, and the day President Barack Obama accepted the democratic nomination and became the first African-American to be chosen as a Presidential candidate.

August 28 features and all star cast, including Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland and Glynn Turman.

DuVernay wrote, produced and directed the film that will premiere on Saturday.

Here are some photos that were posted with perfect timing to DuVernay’s twitter account on August 28th:

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André Holland, Ava DuVernay, Angela Bassett

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Michael Ealy, Ava DuVernay, Lupita Nyong’o

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