Audra McDonald is featured alongside Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, Blair Underwood in Ava DuVernay’s new film Origin. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin chronicles the cross-cultural journey of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates a global phenomenon of epic proportions. The film is based on Wilkerson’s best-selling book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Like the book, the film explores the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Origin was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on September 6, 2023. It opens in NYC and LA for a week-long engagement on December 8, 2023, before expanding to select cities on January 19, 2024.

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