Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle brings together four acclaimed documentary films, spanning the 1830s to the 1960s: The Abolitionists, Slavery By Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story. The Created Equal project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers scholarly resources and program guides for reflection on the legacy and meaning of our shared civil rights history.
Ava Duvernay on the set of Selma. Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount.
Although she did not pick up a camera until she was 32, Ava DuVernay has made history as a writer, director, and producer. She was the first African American woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival, be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe, direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and direct a film with a budget over $100 million. Her work has made her the highest grossing Black woman director in American box office history. Her latest project, When They See Us, was nominated for 16 Emmy awards, making her and Beyoncé the first African American women in Primetime Emmy history to receive multiple nominations in their careers for directing. (Source: National Women's History Museum)
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