Trevor Noah Interviews Ava DuVernay on ‘The Daily Show’

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Internationally acclaimed director Ava DuVernay is the woman behind the upcoming Netflix series When They See Us.

The series is about the historical Central Park Five crew of boys who were wrongfully charged with crimes pertaining to the Central Park Jogger case in 1989. DuVernay spoke to Trevor Noah about the filming process, the historical significance behind the true events that inspired When They See Us, and why she chose to have on-site professional counselors for the cast.


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She also had discussions with the real men of whom the series is about during its creation, because she wanted to “honor” their stories and give their previously censored and disbelieved voices a platform on which to speak.

DuVernay became the first black woman to win the directing award in the U.S. drama category at Sundance Film Festival in 2012, for her film Middle of Nowhere. She is known for films such as A Wrinkle in Time, 13th, and Selma. Selma earned DuVernay a Golden Globe nomination, an Academy Awards nomination, and the historical honor of being the first black female director to be nominated for either of her categories. Her films often center around racial issues and education.

When They See Us premieres on Netflix on May 31st.

Watch the Official Trailer Here: