The directors of ‘Queen Sugar’ explain how Ava DuVernay fostered a community of female creators

Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar features an all female directorial team. In this article, this sorority of directors discuss the game changing opportunity.

“We just never had the opportunity,” said Tina Mabry, another renowned indie filmmaker who worked as a producer, writer, and director on the show. Her debut feature film Mississippi Damned won top accolades at Chicago International Film, Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. “And that is something that Ava provided all of us with. That opportunity to actually showcase the skill that she knew we already had but had not gotten the chance to due to our industry, which struggles with inclusiveness,” she told me.

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