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The Sundance Film Festival is by far one of the largest and most respected in the world. This year’s festival closed this past weekend with a history making win for director Ava Duvernay. In what some saw as a surprise, she was named Best Director: Dramatic Film for her work on “Middle Of Nowhere”; a film about the struggles a woman faces after she loses her husband to incarceration.

With her win, Duvernay became the first black woman to earn that honor, and subsequently shed light on an ever-growing contingent of people of color in the world of film. I personally became a fan of Ms. Duvernay’s work after seeing her film “I Will Follow” last year.  A story of a woman dealing with the emotions associated with losing the aunt who raised her, “I Will Follow” struck a chord with me, and inspired a great deal of conversation with my friends and family.

“Middle Of Nowhere” was acquired by Participant Media last week for distribution, so expect to see this film in a theater near you sometime this year.   For now, you can watch the trailer here:

thx [HuffPo] & [Sundance]