Ava Did That | a Smalls study guide

by kamooremitch | created - 01 Oct 2018 | updated - 01 Oct 2018 | Public

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1. Saturday Night Life (2006)

12 min | Short, Drama

The film captures an uplifting night in the life of a desperate single mother.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Donielle Artese, James Black, Melissa De Sousa

Votes: 34

2. This Is the Life (2008)

97 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary that chronicles "The Good Life" emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: 2Mex, Chali 2na, Cut Chemist, Brian Cross

Votes: 207

3. My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the issues and art of women hip hop artists, from the 1980s through 2010.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Chuck D, Missy Elliott, Eve, The Lady of Rage

Votes: 31

4. I Will Follow (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Michole Briana White, Dijon Talton

Votes: 763 | Gross: $0.36M

5. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,590 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Essence Presents: Faith in 2010 (2010 TV Movie)

44 min | Music

Explores the journey of two Katrina survivors five years after the storm, and the gospel music that empowered them during their traumatic ordeal.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Juanita Bynum, T.D. Jakes, Ledisi, Mary Mary

Votes: 7

7. TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival (2010 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Music

A two-hour music documentary showcasing the nation's largest African-American music festival, with behind-the-scenes moments and exhilarating performances by Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, ... See full summary »

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Arrested Development, Mary J. Blige, De La Soul, Earth Wind & Fire

Votes: 12

9. Scandal (2012–2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Stars: Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz

Votes: 67,409

10. Nine for IX (2013– )

60 min | Documentary, Sport

Series focuses on captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers. Nine for IX film topics include an intimate look at Pat Summitt, college sports' most ... See full summary »

Stars: Brandi Chastain, Ann Meyers, Mary Decker Slaney, Zola Budd

Votes: 52

11. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,891 | Gross: $52.08M

12. For Justice (2015 TV Movie)


A female FBI agent finds herself caught between her family and her work.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Tim Blake Nelson, Colman Domingo, Anika Noni Rose

Votes: 48

13. Queen Sugar (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.

Stars: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar J. Dorsey

Votes: 3,970

14. August 28th (2016)

22 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary film on events that happened on August 28th in African-American history.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Votes: 54

15. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

83 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 32,220

16. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 41,445 | Gross: $100.48M

17. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 93,849

18. Untitled Lupita Nyong'o/Rihanna Project

Drama | Announced

Plot speculated. Story pitched on Twitter centers on a scheming character portrayed by Rihanna and her computer-smart best friend (Lupita Nyong'o).

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o

19. The New Gods

Action, Sci-Fi | Announced

Plot unknown. Feature film based on the DC comic book series, 'The New Gods.'

Director: Ava DuVernay

20. Dawn (I)

Drama, Sci-Fi | Announced

A woman teams up with a group of aliens to help resurrect the human race centuries after a nuclear war.

21. Battle of Versailles (TV Movie)

Drama | Announced

The story of the 1973 Palace of Versailles fashion show where top French designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin faced of against American newcomers Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein and Halston.

Director: Ava DuVernay

22. Compton in C Minor (2009)


'Compton in C Minor' is a meditation on the gang capital of the world from a hometown girl's point of view. Frustrated by negative portrayals of the inner-city, director Ava DuVernay ... See full summary »

Director: Ava DuVernay

Votes: 11

23. Jay Z: Family Feud ft. Beyoncé (2017 Video)

8 min | Short, Music

Music video for the song "Family Feud" by Jay Z.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Beyoncé, Omari Hardwick, Jessica Chastain, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 510

24. Grace (IV) (2011)

10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A distraught white woman tangles with a black male stranger in an isolated cabin, and nothing is what it seems.

Director: Salli Richardson-Whitfield | Stars: Arielle Kebbel, Dorian Missick

25. The Last Amazons (TV Movie)

Drama | Announced

An account of how the great mythical Amazon queens lived their lives and fought major battles against foes like the Ancient Greeks.

26. Black Girls Rock! 2011 (2011 TV Special)

TV-PG | 90 min | Music

An awards ceremony that honored women of color for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, along with musical performances by female R&B and soul recording artists.

Stars: Anita Baker, Melanie Fiona, Erykah Badu, Elle Varner

Votes: 21

27. Girlfriends (2000–2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan.

Stars: Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Reginald C. Hayes

Votes: 3,798

28. City of Angels (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Hospital drama that takes place in Los Angeles.

Stars: Blair Underwood, Michael Warren, Hill Harper, Phil Buckman

Votes: 129

29. Deliver Us from Eva (2003)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

Eva doesn't let her 3 sisters' men push them around. She's always butting in. How to pacify Eva? Find her a man. The men pay a playboy to be that man. The problem is - he falls in love with Eva.

Director: Gary Hardwick | Stars: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Essence Atkins, Duane Martin

Votes: 6,503 | Gross: $17.33M

30. Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Drama, Crime

Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's ... See full summary »

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson

Votes: 3,014

31. Chisholm '72 (2004)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy

Votes: 241

32. My Brother (2006)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

33 Metascore

My Brother is an inner city story of two impoverished boys and mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation.

Director: Anthony Lover | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Tatum O'Neal, Nashawn Kearse, Christopher Scott

Votes: 321 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical

76 Metascore

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Votes: 69,218 | Gross: $103.37M

34. American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,389 | Gross: $0.55M

35. A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy (2008)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A between-the-sheets peek at Black Love and Sexuality.

Director: Dennis Dortch | Stars: Kathryn Taylor Smith, Brandon Valley Jones, Chonte Harris, Marcuis Harris

Votes: 425 | Gross: $0.01M

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