Ava DuVernay has already achieved historic success as the black woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival for her film “Middle of Nowhere”. Now, she goes from strength to strength by directing a beautiful short film for Italian fashion house Miu Miu for their fifth installment of their ‘The Women’s Tales’ series. The ten-minute short stars Gabrielle Union as a character dealing with the depression of her failed marriage. Throughout the film, each of her friends, played by, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, Emayatzy, and singer Goapele, show up at her door and attempt to cheer her up with dinner, dancing, or a concert.
The film, designed to highlight the gorgeous fashion of Miu Miu, illustrates the powerful evolution of Gabrielle through her outfits. According to Ava,
“In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves. Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.”