January 26, 2024
A biography of an idea.

Details About the Film

In Origin, Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay crafts a cinematic memoir based on the intellectual journey that shaped the creation of writer Isabel Wilkerson’s bestselling monograph Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Set adrift by deep, personal loss, Isabel Wilkerson (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor) immerses herself in her work and endeavors to understand the roots of racial discrimination in the United States. Traveling across continents and cultures, Isabel finds inspiration for her work through influential encounters and stately monuments. Origin is an ambitious portrait of a brilliant mind grappling with the dark legacies of history and humanity.

Director(s): Ava DuVernay
Starring: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash-Betts, Emily Yancy, Finn Wittrock, Nick Offerman
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 140 minutes
Country: United States
Language(s): English
Content Warning(s): Racially or Sexually Motivated Violence
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)CaptiView (Hearing Impaired / Personal Closed-Caption Device)Fidelio (Visually Impaired / Personal Descriptive Audio Device with optional T-Coil loop)

Film Reviews

"Rich in thought, “Origin” is a dense, forceful masterwork, and, quite simply, the most radical film of DuVernay’s career."

–Robert Daniels, rogerebert.com