Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by cherryblossom, Apr 18, 2014.
Middle of Nowhere is 2012 independent feature film written and directed byAva DuVernay and starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick and Lorraine Toussaint. The film was the winner of the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
DuVernay explained that when she began to examine what life is like in Compton and "the texture of the lives of women who live there", the subject of incarceration kept coming up. The director then spent months conducting research for the film, including interviewing the wives of felons, before writing a screenplay. DuVernay revealed that she was exploring the same theme of "lost love and how it affects you when it's gone" inMiddle of Nowhere as she did in her first feature I Will Follow (2010). The director considered herself fortunate that she could still explore the themes she was interested in during her second film.
Of her viewpoint for the film, DuVernay told Allison Samuels of The Daily Beast, "This is a story I know very well. I'm from Los Angeles and I know countless women who live this kind of life every day, year after year. You see women struggling to keep it all together while a loved one is in jail. But we don't hear about them or their struggles in a way that resonates with others. Their stories are so compelling. It's as if they are in their own little world and no one else sees them. I also wanted to talk about the love between two people in a setting that isn't the norm and how they survive.
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