16 OCT 2020


Duvernay, the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history will work alongside Array Filmworks' Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes, as well as Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda for the film.


Netflix announced a new adaptation for the New York Time’s Best Seller novel, “Caste,” created under Netflix, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Director, Ava DuVernay’sArray Filmworks banner. DuVernay will be responsible for directing, writing, and producing a new feature film adaptation based on the novel and Oprah’s Book Club selection, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

DuVernay will produce alongside Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. “Caste” marks DuVernay’s next feature project and her first feature film at Netflix. She will reunite with Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda for the adaptation after both experts collaborated together for Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” making her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history.

The project continues Netflix’s relationship with DuVernay, who was the first Black woman feature director to be nominated for an Academy Award with her acclaimed documentary, 13th, garnering BAFTA, Emmy, and Peabody Awards. Most recently, her limited series “When They See Us” received 16 Emmy nominations. DuVernay is currently producing a limited series for Netflix based on the adolescent life of an athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick entitled Colin in Black & White.

"Caste" tells and analyzes multiple stories about the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how citizens live their life in modern day, defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.