A man and a woman rest their heads against each other. People are milling around in the background.

About Origin

Ava DuVernay directs an inspired adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s life as she digs into the nuance of discrimination while writing what would become her New York Times bestselling book - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Already established as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, Isabel Wilkerson (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor) is confronted by the question of race again when a colleague asks her to write about Trayvon Martin’s death. Her husband encourages her to tackle the case, but she’s more interested in the core of where racial injustice comes from. After a tragedy forces her to reorient her life, Isabel begins a research project which spans the globe, as she travels to Germany and India where she investigates the disenfranchisement of Jewish people during the Third Reich and the marginalization of Dalit ‘untouchables’.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers and adverts. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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