7.3/10 (IMDB)


2h 20m Drama


Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay chronicles Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s influential nonfiction best-seller "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents".

Portrayed by Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard), Isabel experiences unfathomable personal loss and love as she crosses continents and cultures to craft one of the defining American books of our time.


Ava DuVernay


Victoria Pedretti, Vera Farmiga, Connie Nielsen






United States



Main Trailer


  • "DuVernay transcends the academic nature of the material via imaginative swings of fancy that immerse us in Wilkerson mournful mindset."
    - The Playlist
  • "ORIGIN has instances of raw domestic melodrama, but the emotions are so sincere that it’s hard not to be moved by it all. The film’s depiction of moments out of history is similarly textured."
    - New York Magazine
  • "ORIGIN is so rich, expansive and wildly varied that one could easily see how DuVernay could have turned it into a mini-series. How great that she instead chose a compact and coherent feature, with articulate editing, buttery cinematography (by Matthew J. Lloyd) across various visual palettes of different time periods, and opulent costume and production design."
    - TheWrap
  • "ORIGIN works as a visual summation of Wilkerson’s ideas. But it’s also a movie about a woman striving to bring her ideas to the world, even in the midst of her own personal crisis. The life we plan and hope for is rarely the life we get. Origin is an exhortation to use every heartbeat wisely."
    - Time
  • "Exploring this terrible framework, DuVernay's film unfolds with unpreaching clarity and fierce focus, full of heart and vibrant intent."
    - BBC


  • Virginia Film Festival


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Savannah Film Festival