Director Ava DuVernay is having quite a year. Her new documentary “The 13th” will premiere at the New York Film Festival this year, the first non-fiction film to open the festival and the first film to be helmed by an African-American. Now, she’s set to make her TV debut in September with “Queen Sugar,” a new family drama co-created by Oprah Winfrey set to premiere on her TV network OWN.
The series follows the lives of the Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a journalist and activist living in New Orelans; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star living in Los Angeles; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), an ex-con who’s searching for redemption through fatherhood. When tragedy strikes the family, the siblings must band together to help run their family’s sugarcane farm in the Deep South while dealing with their own complicated lives.The first two episodes of the series will be directed by DuVernay, while the rest of the season’s episodes will be directed by women. Watch the extended trailer for the series below.
DuVernay is best known for directing the film “Selma,” starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., which follows the 1965 Selma marches that contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The film garnered widespread critical acclaim. It was nominated for two Oscars and won one for Best Original Song.
“Queen Sugar” will debut with a two-night premiere on September 6th and 7th on OWN. It will then air regularly at 10pm Eastern on Wednesdays for the rest of its first season.