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Special to NewsOne by ReBecca Theodore Vachon

Whoever said black film is dead, think again.

Last night at the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony,  Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the US Directing Award: Dramatic for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere.  The movie stars  Emayatzy Corinealdi as a young woman struggling to maintain her identity while her husband (Omari Hardwick) serves an eight year sentence behind bars.  The trailblazing director tweeted a pic after her historic win (left).

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Middle of Nowhere premiered at Sundance last week, and has received glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike.  The film has been picked up for distribution by Participant Media, partnering with DuVernay’s African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) for Middle of Nowhere to be released in theaters later this year.

Read more about this historic win on TheUrbanDaily

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