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Ava DuVernay on How to Stand Up for Political Justice

Trump time approaches! With the January 20 inauguration approaching, and the recent revelation that Russia’s President Putin attempted to influence the U.S. presidential election, celebs are taking to Twitter to vent.

13th director Ava DuVernay didn’t hold back on Saturday morning, tweeting a photo of the New York Times headline “Putin Led Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Says” with the caption: “This is not a movie plot. This is our real life. And folks are just sitting around and watching. I don’t get it.”

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At the Film Independent Spirit Awards brunch in Los Angeles, we asked her what people should do beyond posting their feelings online.

“We have to act,” she told ELLE.com. “We can’t sit around and just tweet about it; we can’t sit around and just complain about it.”

DuVernay wrote and directed 13tha documentary that compares president-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric with white supremacist anger from America’s past. Just as her social media statement argued, she said that standing together for what you believe in is vital.

“We have to be actively moving forward to try to figure out ways to cultivate and nourish quality, and justice, and dignity for people. So it’s going to take everyone holding hands and doing it together who believes in it. I hope it happens.”

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