Middle of Nowhere


Writer/director Ava DuVernay received the Best Director prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for this moving and emotionally complex drama, which revolves around a pressing and troubling question: How does a woman not lose herself when everything around her is falling away? When we first meet Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi), she is en route to visit her husband Derek (Omari Hardwick) in prison, where he is serving an eight-year sentence for a crime he committed — unbeknownst to Ruby — out of love for his wife. Ruby lives for her visits to Derek, but the sacrifices she has to make — dropping out of medical school, working long hours to pay legal fees — are starting to take a toll on her. To add to her woes, her mother Ruth (Lorraine Toussaint) constantly chides her for her poor life choices — choices she feels have left her daughter with a diminished life and a wasted spirit. But a chance encounter with a bus driver, and the revelation of a shocking betrayal, catapult Ruby to a new level of understanding and empowerment, as well as the possibility of reclaiming the life she nearly lost. A powerful portrait of a strong woman contending with conflicting feelings of love, guilt and inconvenient desire, Middle of Nowhere marks the arrival of a bold new voice in independent cinema. (Dir. by Ava DuVernay, 2012, US, 97 min., Rated R, AFFRM Releasing) HD Digital Presentation