Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Selma,” is heading the International Competition Jury at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and was spotted at the opening premier of Aligarh.
“I feel fortunate that I was invited here. Not many African American filmmakers are invited to travel the world and Mumbai Film festival asked me to be head of international jury and I would never forget India for that, I really appreciate it,” says Ava.
Ava Du Vernay said she is thrilled to be invited for the film festival and is looking forward to celebrate the work of various directors during the eight-day movie carnival.
“I am head of international jury made up of beautiful array of artists who are here to watch films from all around the world. I think Indian cinema has inspired filmmakers all over the world. This is my first time in India. I am having an extraordinary time, such a thrill, such beautiful people and films, it is an amazing country,” says Ava.
Despite being her for the first time, Ava is impressed with Indian movie makers and even made some of them her friends.
“I am women filmmaker, so I love Indian women filmmakers. I am big fan of Meera Nair, Deepa Mehta and Gurinder Chadha. I like Shekar Kapoor, he is a friend of mine,” says Ava.
The thing about Indian cinema is its rich legacy. I don’t think people around the world understand about the stars, in-front and behind the camera that Indian cinema has produced, so it’s wonderful to learn more about it,” expresses Ava.
Ava is also seen at the opening ceremony and she had an interaction with Excellence in Cinema Award winner Javed Akhtar.
“He welcomed me and said some really kind words,” shares Ava.