A new A Wrinkle In Time trailer just dropped and my emotions are sky high. I’m not only excited to see what looks like a great movie—I’m excited because of how much this film means to me personally and for the movie industry at large.
I was in the fourth grade when I first read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I remember it more than other books I read at that time because it was difficult for me to understand and that was not something I encountered often. Rather than put it down for something simpler, I chose to follow Meg’s journey because it pulled me in and I had to see how she saved the ones she loved. Reading that another young girl like me could save the day was thrilling.
Now that the book is being adapted by the incredible Ava Duvernay, I am excited for what this means for other little black girls in the future. I want my own children to see that they can face challenges, whether it be inter-dimensional beings or books that are above their reading capabilities, and come out triumphant. Ava’s directorial style was a great choice to bring A Wrinkle in Time to life and will create an important mark in the film industry.
In an industry that too often ignores stories that center black experiences, Ava’s direction and the casting stand out. There is an undeniable calculation that Disney had to make to allow Ms. Duvernay to lead this project as the first woman of color to get a $100 million-dollar budget project. I can only hope that Disney and other decision makers within the film industry open up more pathways for diverse stories to be told. Not only does this make sense for the industry financially, it makes sense from a story teller’s perspective. With more people seeing their perspectives and stories featured on the big screen, it can benefit us all.
Written by Brittany. F