Ava DuVernay, Katie Couric Talk Tackling Big Social Issues in Documentary Form


 

The mass incarceration crisis for people of color. The revolution in understanding gender identity. 

Ava DuVernay and Katie Couric both gamely took on what Couric called “big honkin’ subjects” to explore in feature-length documentary form.

DuVernay earned an Oscar nomination and a slew of other plaudits for her study of discrimination in criminal justice and prisons in “13th,” which premiered on Netflix in September. Couric offered a sensitive and revealing look at the new thinking about gender identity in National Geographic TV’s “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric,” which bowed in February and will be expanded to a multi-part series.

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