The New York Times selected six directors to talk about the films that made them want to make movies. Featured in the article, Ava DuVernay, Sarah Polley, Lisa Cholodenko, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Lana Wachowski. Each director is profiled more deeply, and photographed beautifully.
“Ashes and Embers” (directed by Haile Gerima, 1982)
“Gerima is a master. That more people who love cinema don’t know his work, and the work of his contemporaries like Julie Dash and Charles Burnett, is a true shame. This film is a robust, restless, wonderful collision of ideas and images and music. It’s a story about shifting identity and consciousness as it unfolds in the return of a Vietnam vet searching for his place under the sun. I occasionally see the face of one of the characters — the protagonist’s grandmother — in my own dreams at night.”