10 Movies You Should See That Pass The ''DuVernay Test''

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There still aren't enough women behind the lens in Hollywood, but women in front of the camera are coming under closer scrutiny than ever. Which may actually be a good thing.
To see whether a film features well-rounded female characters, you can run it through the Bechdel test, which aims to count the number of times at least two female characters talk about topics other than men. To see if LGBT characters have been well-represented in a movie, there's the Russo test. Now, thanks to The New York Times' Manohla Dargis, we have the DuVernay test.

Named for Selma director Ava Duvernay, it's a test to see if a movie presents substantive depictions of people of color. While the Bechdel test has certain boxes that need to be checked off, the DuVernay test is broader. Dargis explained that, in films which pass the test, "African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories."
While there's a definite need to increase diversity so more movies can pass the DuVernay test, there are great films you can watch right now that feature people of color as fully rounded characters driving the narrative, not tokens. We've collected a few for you to enjoy while you wait for a year when there's no need for an #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. From period pieces to comedies to contemporary dramas, it's a perfect streaming watch list.
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