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Origin

Ava DuVernay | 2023 | 141 MINS
USA
A biopic of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson and an exploration of the philosophy underlying her best-selling book, ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’.

In Detail

While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor) sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery. Despite the colossal scope of her project, she finds beauty and bravery while crafting one of the defining American books of our time.

After a period of mourning – Wilkerson loses her husband and mother in quick succession – she throws herself into her work, first taking a trip to Berlin then later visiting India. The result of eight years of reflection, consideration and work is the 2020 publication of her Pulitzer prize-winner. A moving drama that is unafraid to ask big questions, ‘Origin’ honours its source material with powerful performances in service of a deeply emotional story.

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