Ava Duvernay's Short Film 'August 28' Is Coming Next Week to a Screen Near You

The 'Selma' director's next project is nearly here.

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Can’t get enough of Ava Duvernay? Neither can I. Even though Queen Sugar’s third season came to a close on Wednesday evening, never fear. There's another Ava Duvernay project (opens in new tab) headed to our television as soon as next week, and it's perfect for history buffs and Duvernay mega-fans.

August 28, the director's short film, was previously only available for viewing as a cinematic installation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Now, it will make its television debut on OWN on...you guessed it, August 28.

August 28: A Day in the Life of a People focuses on six different events in Black and African-American history that all occurred on the same day in various years. These events include the abolition of slavery in the U.K on August 28, 1833; the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955; the first radio airplay of The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" from Motown Records on August 28, 1961; Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech on August 28, 1963; the tragic landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005; and Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President on August 28, 2008.

The Selma director's 22-minute film boasts an all-star cast, as well: Don Cheadle, Regina King, Andre Holland, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Michael Ealy.

Ava Duvernay, forever giving the people what they want.


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