Compton CA children get special movie treat, A Wrinkle In Time surprise
Compton, CA native daughter and Hollywood superstar treats local children to the experience of a lifetime
Advance screening of Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME
Compton native and renowned film director Ava DuVernay invited students from her hometown to #WrinkleInCompton, an advance screening of her upcoming Disney film, opening in theaters March 9th.
Since the city of Compton does not have movie theater of its own, the hometown “shero” wanted to give the students from Compton a real movie theater experience.
Last week, the Dollarhide Community Center was turned into a makeshift movie theater where students were treated to traditional movie theater refreshments. Arranged in typical movie theater configuration, a special sound team was enlisted to make sure the sound quality would be the same as it is in commercial theaters.
Before watching the movie, the children were greeted by Malia Mason, Miss Compton 2017 and heard a Q&A between Ava DuVernay and the Mayor of Compton, Aja Brown.
Mayor Brown asked Ms. Duvernay about her motivation for making Wrinkle, to which she responded, “I’ve never seen a black girl fly in a movie.” She elaborated by saying that she wanted black and brown kids to finally see themselves represented in a fantasy setting.
Asked how it felt to be the first black woman to helm a 100 million dollar film, Duvernay replied, “I’m the first black woman to do it but I know I won’t be the last, one of you can do it too.”
The kids erupted in cheers, it was a great day.
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