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NWW Weekly Connection

February 25, 2024
An Important Movie for Our Time: Ava DuVernay's "Origin"

Have you ever wondered how humans can hurt other humans—or dominate them to a point of cruelty?

We do. We think about it a lot. Then we saw a movie called Origin that opened our eyes to some of the reasons we are where we are as a species.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Origin:

Origin is a 2023 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on the life of Isabel Wilkerson, played by Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, as she writes the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Over the course of the film, Wilkerson travels throughout Germany, India, and the United States to research the caste systems in each country's history.

Here’s what we say about Origin:

Origin is a film that should be required viewing. It is a love story; it is an educational masterpiece; it is a lesson in hope. Be forewarned—there are moments in Origin that will make you uncomfortable—and yet some discomfort is a small price to pay for the awakening you will receive.

Awareness is our beacon of light to keep the path ahead lit with love.

Though Origin received very positive reviews from critics and viewers, overall it was a box office failure. People don’t want to face hard truths—and our culture tends toward superficial, light, formulaic entertainment.

To us, anything that raises awareness so we can become better humans is worthwhile and necessary.

Dear reader, if you’re wondering why we’re recommending a movie to you that is hard to watch at times, it is because:

We cannot create/live in a new world by bringing old, unhealed energy along—in our personal lives or in the collective consciousness.

We need to be courageous--and visionary--holding one another tenderly as we heal and evolve into the magnificent humans we can be.


We are grateful to Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and Ava DuVernay writer/director of the movie Origin. Their vision and love for humanity in the creation of these important works opens our eyes and our hearts.

See the movie Origin, read the book Caste: The Origins of our Discontents or do both. Tell your friends. Talk about it.

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