Ava DuVernay, who became the first black woman to win the Best Director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for Middle of Nowhere and who helps spearhead AFFRM, - a film movement that distributes and works to put black themed films in commercial theaters- has gathered together a cast of some of the industry's most notable and talented black actresses- including Gabrielle Union, Adepero Oduye, and Alfre Woodard- and conceived a compelling, visually stunning short-story.
Just over 9 minutes, The Door includes a stellar soundtrack and conveys a narrative about the power of female friendships and connections, particularly when a friend is in need.
The official word on the film ...
The Door is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change. The symbolic center of The Door is the front entrace of the protagonist's home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness.
[DuVernay explains] "In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves. Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are."
Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine's emergence from a chrysalis of sadness.
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