2 hours 15 minutes


Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

Ava DuVernay’s “riveting journey” (A.V. Club), Origin, is based on Isabel Wilkerson’s celebrated book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, but turns provocative and fascinating history into an imaginative and engrossing drama, rather than a documentary, built on an unforgettable central performance by Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel (Ellis-Taylor) sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery that expands our understanding of racism and other ideologies that divide us. Despite the colossal scope of her project, she finds beauty and bravery while crafting one of the defining American books of our time. “A swirling tornado of ideas”–Variety.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.



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