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Take A Walk Through Ava DuVernay’s ‘Door’

Over the past few years, black women have seriously gotten a bad rap. Between the ridiculous antics on those highly popular reality shows that will go unnamed and the numerous reports, articles and books about our inability to jump the broom, it sometimes seemed that our futures held nothing but cat fights and lonely nights. In her latest short, filmmaker Ava DuVernay offers up a much different (and infinitely more positive) look at the lives of black women and the ties that bind us together. Starring Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer Goapele, The Door was commissioned by fashion powerhouse Miu Miu as part of its Women's Tale series to help highlight and celebrate the power of female bonds. Featuring a banging array of Miu Miu fashions and an even hotter soundtrack, the nine-minute short manages to tell a poignantly touching story without any dialogue. Even without words, The Door pulls you in to its story about a woman mourning the end of a relationship and the girls who support her throughout. The music, supplied by Goapele, Ra-Re Valverde and Dezaray Dawn, just to name a few, adds just as much to the story being told as it starts off slow and brooding, transitioning as Union's character begins to transcend out of her depression. At the beginning, she can barely make it out the door without the pulling and prodding of friends. However by the end, thanks to all that pushing and prodding, she's able to walk out of the door on her own. A welcomed change of pace, indeed, from the less-than-positive images we normally see of women of color these days.


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