Writer, producer, and director Ava DuVernay is painting a brighter future for women through her work. The award-winning filmmaker plans to shift the political landscape as she prepares to release a powerful docuseries highlighting women of color in politics titled, “And She Could Be Next.”
“There are more of us than those who seek to do us harm.”
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 17, 2020
The PBS project — set to debut in June — will spotlight the movement of women of color making major strides in American politics.
POV — part of PBS’ public television series that features independent nonfiction films — acquired the U.S. broadcast and streaming rights to the docuseries as part of PBS’ summer “Trailblazers” initiative to celebrate the centennial of the women’s vote, Deadline reports.
The docuseries aims to pay homage to women of color who are using their voices to inspire change.
“If ever there was a moment where we need to be reminded of the leadership of women of color, that time is now,” DuVernay shared in a statement. “If you’re an immigrant, a young person, a person of faith, or simply someone who has felt unseen for too long, you will find yourself reflected in this story.”
According to Deadline, women who will be highlighted in the series include Stacey Abrams, Bushra Amiwala, Maria Elena Durazo, Veronica Escobar, Lucy McBath, Rashida Tlaib, and Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project.
“This series brings passion, energy and hope in our uncertain times,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer for POV. “Supporting this project meant a chance to highlight the work of the bold women of color on the front lines in this country, as well as those behind the camera. We are proud to partner with PBS to bring this landmark work to American audiences on public media.”
Grace Lee, Marjan Safinia, and Jyoti Sarda lead as producers of the series, while Lee and Safinia take credit as directors as well.
The two-part docuseries will air on PBS and stream on the POV website in June.
Watch the series’ trailer below.