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Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash, and Euzhan Palcy Discuss ‘Broadening the Aperture of Excellence’ in Academy Dialogues Series Finale

Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash, and Euzhan Palcy Discuss ‘Broadening the Aperture of Excellence’ in Academy Dialogues Series Finale

Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity, and the art of filmmaking.

The final episode in the series, “Academy Dialogues: Broadening the Aperture of Excellence,” features a conversation with Oscar-nominated filmmaker, founder of ARRAY and Academy governor Ava DuVernay (Selma) and filmmakers Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and Euzhan Palcy (Sugar Cane Alley) examining whether there is an objective form of measurement in the arts and how the Hollywood system can broaden its aperture to appreciate storytelling from the worldviews of different ethnic and racial communities.  

“So many people always talk about ‘Ava, you’re the first this, first that,’ and I never lose an opportunity to talk about the women who not only came before, but who I had the opportunity to work beside,” said DuVernay.

“I never had dreams of working in Hollywood. I had dreams of being a storyteller. I had dreams of making films and experimenting with ways of telling a story, and that I have done,” shared Dash.

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Palcy added, “With my camera…I am trying to heal the wounds created by history.”

Watch the discussion below.

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