Origin, written and directed by Ava DuVernay, follows journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she balances work and life. Wilkerson writes to solve world questions. The Warmth of Other Suns, her debut novel, detailed the massive African American exodus throughout the country.
Wilkerson saw beyond race in the Trayvon Martin case. She saw something deeper. How could this solely be about race when it involved two individuals of color? In Origin, Isabel (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor), her mother, and her husband Bret (Jon Bernthal) discuss Black males being a menace. While talking to Bret, Isabel's mom was upset over white males saying they were afraid by Black men. Bret recognizes her sentiments and says he can't speak for the race. This Origin scenario showed three diverse opinions on one topic with everyone respecting one other, making it compelling.
“We can’t invalidate anybody’s experiences,” Bernthal remarked of the scenario. We view and navigate the world personally. No one disputes whether this happened or not. “How did this make you feel?”
Origin tackles hard topics. Even if racism and abuse of lower-class communities seem to be the main issues. The love narrative makes this picture powerful. Their love and respect fostered compassion.
Origin is in cinemas nationwide.
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