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Ava DuVernay Debuts Film At NMAAHC & Trevor Noah To Host MTV Africa Awards

Ava DuVernay*Director Ava DuVernay will debut a new film during the September 24 official opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The 22-minute film, titled “August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People,” was commissioned by NMAAHC, and will play exclusively in the museum daily for its first year.

“I chose to focus on a date that has fascinated me for years,” said DuVernay of the project’s specificity. “In my eyes, August 28 tells so much about black history through the lens of one date. The Smithsonian gave us an opportunity to tell this story and I’m honored to be part of NMAAHC’s inaugural installations.”

A model of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.
A model of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.

Starring Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland and Glynn Turman and shot last month on weekends, deadline.com reports that “August 28” depicts the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington.

The film also will look at the 2005 date that Hurricane Katrina made its tragic landfall and the Denver night in 2008 when Barack Obama accepted the Democrats nomination as the first African-American to be a major American political party’s Presidential candidate.

“August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People” was written, produced and directed by DuVernay. Ava will be at the opening of the NMAAHC on Saturday in DC.

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trevor noah
Comedian Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid — “born a crime,” as he says.

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is heading to his hometown of Johannesburg, where he’s taking on a gig as the host of the MTV Africa Music Awards — celebrating and honoring African music and artists.

“I’m a huge fan of African music and achievement, and it’s going to be a massive pleasure celebrating them both at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 in my hometown of Johannesburg,” Noah said in a statement.

The two-hour awards show is set to take place at the Ticketpro Dome on Oct.22 and will broadcast live on MTV Base and MTV Africa. The show will also air worldwide on partner stations, and MTV channels will air a one-hour MAMA-themed edition of MTV World Stage.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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