What happens when love takes you places you never thought you would go? When her husband, Derek, is sentenced to eight years in a California prison, Ruby drops out of medical school to maintain her marriage and focus on ensuring Derek’s survival in his violent new environment. Driven by love, loyalty, and hope, Ruby learns to sustain the shame, separation, guilt, and grief that a prison wife must bear. Her new life challenges her to the very core of her identity, and her turbulent path propels her in new, often frightening directions of self-discovery.
Ava DuVernay’s elegant and emotionally inspiring debut portrays the universal dilemma of how a woman maintains herself as she commits to loving and supporting someone through hardship. Featuring luminous performances by a cast of rising stars led by Emayatzy Corinealdi and Omari Hardwick, Middle of Nowhere infuses gravity and grace into the prison tale and marks the arrival of an important new directorial talent. –Sundance Film Festival
In addition to her latest feature film, Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay’s directorial work includes the critically acclaimed dramatic feature I Will Follow, as well as the musical documentaries This Is the Life and My Mic Sounds Nice. The UCLA graduate is the founder of the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement, better known as AFFRM. –Sundance
Ruby drops out of medical school when her husband, Derek, is sent to prison, and devotes her life to seeking his early release. But as things grow more complicated, she begins to understand that Derek may not be the only one who is incarcerated. Beautifully written and directed by Ava DuVernay, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE is a powerfully understated exploration of the mysterious and sometimes complicated nature of love.
I heard plenty of good things about this film. Unfortunately, I missed the showing at the festival this year in Los Angeles. However, I look forward to seeing this so called "the best film this year at the LAFF." Cannot wait anymore longer!
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