Ava DuVernay (b.
1972) is the award-winning director of films such as Middle of Nowhere, Selma,
and 13th. She was the
first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy
She won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film
Festival in 2012, the first African-American woman to do so. She directed a
number of documentaries, mostly focused on the African-American experience.