April 15, 2024 7:15 PM

Origin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) based on the life of Isabel Wilkerson, played by AunJanue Ellis-Taylor, as she writes the book Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Over the course of the film, Wilkerson travels throughout Germany, India and the United States to research the caste systems in each country's history.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, ORIGIN is inspired by the remarkable life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson as she pens her seminal book, Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents. While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery.  

How do you make a movie about an intellectual argument? By putting a human face on it, which is what Ava DuVernay and acting force Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor do in this stunning provocation about race and class. Here's something rare: a movie that matters. Peter Travers/ABC News

The resulting docudrama is one of the most thought-provoking movies in recent years — the kind of film you’ll find impossible to forget, the kind of film you’ll want to discuss and debate with friends and colleagues. Richard Roeper/Chicago Sun Times

It’s hard to recall a movie made for general audiences that takes ideas so seriously, that makes the pursuit of them appear so thrilling, or that is so replete with the intellectual substance of the protagonist’s endeavors. Richard Brody/New Yorker

Won 6 international awards, nominated for 29 others.

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