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Watch Ava DuVernay’s Miu Miu-Commissioned Short ‘The Door’ (Gabrielle Union Stars)

Watch Ava DuVernay's Miu Miu-Commissioned Short 'The Door' (Gabrielle Union Stars)

Launched in 2011, wome’s high fashion brand, Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales initiative is an ongoing series of commissioned short films directed by an international selection of women directors, telling stories about women.

The 5th film in the series, directed by Ava DuVernay, is now available for viewing.

Titled The Door, the short stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye, and singer-songwriter Goapele.

Here’s how it’s described via Miu Miu’s website for the series:

The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change. The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance 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. “In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” explains director DuVernay. “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. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.

By the way, the short work was shot by the hottest DP in the land right now, Bradford Young.

Watch it below:

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Congrats Ms. Duvernay! Another great piece of film featuring beautiful women of color. I look forward to your next feature film!


That was lovely.


Bradford Young is surely in a class with Roger Deakins and many other great cinematographers. I hope starts doing big features. His talent needs a large audience. Ava Duvernay is a warrior telling stories her way and about topics that are important to her. She could be the a black female director to break her way into the big award shows.


Did anyone else think the Styling of Adepero Oduye with the vintage style swing coat and up do alluded to how well she could have done as Nina Simone as if it was


It is a pleasure to see black women portrayed as high-end and classy, not like the reality show caricatures. I only wish this was a full-length feature, that is quite a cast.


Ms. D.
This is a fantastic piece. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


That was beautiful! I loved everything about it. It's amazing how absolutely stunning brown skin is on film when we are lit PROPERLY!. Amazing job. I'm reblogging this all over the place!


Very exciting!!!!!


That was so beautiful!!! I was in awe the whole time. I'd watch a full length movie of that, and it'd probably be my favorite :)

Dr. Boogie

BRAVO!!! GORGEOUSLY DONE!! Ava makes L.A. look like itself….not like Hollywood….

Gabrielle better work that nuance!!!! YAAAASSS!!

This is soooo great….exhale…


I've been working with Ms. Duvernay for a couple years now and after watching this short I finally get it. THE DOOR speaks volumes about Race, Class, Identity, Culture, Beauty and Friendship without speaking a word. The bringing together of diverse faces S&A readers all should know adds a deeper level. Simple yet full of truth. Watch this film immediately! Share it and discuss. #BLACKFILMNOW

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