Drama, History Rated: PG-13 141 min

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin chronicles the tragedy and triumph of journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates the legacy of slavery in the systematic oppression of people across cultures, across generations and across the world. DuVernay’s film puts Wilkerson at the center of the story to explore how she developed the eye-opening argument in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Starring Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard), Origin honors its source material in service of a deeply emotional story of love and loss, and a fight for the future of us all.

“How do you make a movie about an intellectual argument? By putting a human face on it, which is what Ava DuVernay and acting force Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor do in this stunning provocation about race and class. Here’s something rare: a movie that matters.” — Peter Travers, ABC News
“You will not find based-on-a-true-story uplift-bait. What this captivating, complicated, and oft-compelling movie gives you is a biopic not of a writer but of a book, from inspiration to publication.” — David Fear, Rolling Stone
directed by
Ava DuVernay
written by
Ava DuVernay
Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash