Ava DuVernay to direct film adaptation of ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ at Netflix

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The film is based on the book by Isabel Wilkerson

Ava DuVernay is bringing her talents back to Netflix. The talented creative has signed on to write, direct, and produce the film adaptation of NYT best-selling book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents for Netflix. 

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The film is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson. Here’s a rundown: 

Drawing parallels between the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson outlines a revolutionary framework for understanding how caste plays out across civilizations, both historically and today. Backed by years of research, she identifies eight ideological pillars that underlie all caste systems. Using riveting stories from the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, an ordinary single father and his toddler son, and many others, Wilkerson shows how the insidious undertow of caste is experienced by each of us every day.

She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their debasement of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for…


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