Watch the trailer of Ava DuVernay’s star-studded film on historic events of August 28

Nduta Waweru Aug 28, 2018 at 02:10am

August 28, 2018 at 02:10 am | Culture

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

August 28, 2018 at 02:10 am | Culture

Photo: Ava Duvernay/Twitter

August 28 is one of the most historic dates in American history. It marks the end of the slavery in 1833; the death of Emmet Till in 1955; Motown’s first radio play in 1961; the speech of civil rights icon Martin Luther King in 1963; and the party nomination of  Barack Obama in 2008.

To mark the day, award-winning director and producer Ava Duvernay released the trailer of a short film she worked on with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture back in 2016. The short film was exclusively shown at the Museum but is now coming to TV.

Called the August 28: A Day in the Life of a People, the short film will debut today on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

It stars A-list celebrities including Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, David Oyelowo, Don Cheadle, Regina King, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman.

Duvernay had highlighted the significance of the day on a Twitter thread in 2017.

Catch the trailer below.

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