Think a Movie Lacks Diversity? Give it the Ava DuVernay Test!

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The New York Times proposed a new test that, like the feminist Bechdel test, would help watchers determine a film's level of diversity.

The Bechdel test is getting a diversity upgrade.

As part of its Sundance Film Festival review, the New York Times proposed an “Ava DuVernay test” that would help movie viewers determine whether a film could be considered diverse.

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“…In honor of the director and Sundance alumna Ava DuVernay, what might be called the DuVernay test, in which African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in White stories,” writes the Times’ Manohla Dargis.

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The test is based on the Bechdel test, in which a movie is considered feminist if two female characters, who both have names, converse with each other about something other than a man.

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DuVernay herself has backed the Times’ proposal.

“Wow,” she tweeted yesterday morning. “Floored. What a lovely cinematic idea to embrace. What a thrill to be associated with it. Absolutely wonderful.”


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