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"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler has penned a tribute to his "big sister" Ava DuVernay, whose "A Wrinkle in Time" opens in the US today. "Ava DuVernay is someone who makes the impossible look easy. It's why I feel privileged to call her my big sister.
I met her in 2013, but she's one of those people who you feel like you've always known, the director wrote in a letter for ESPN. The director recalled how DuVernay, a publicist-turned-director, was "already one of (his) heroes" before he met her. Calling the "Selma" helmer a "pioneer", Coogler also talked about DuVernay's efforts to improve diversity on her sets, including her decision to hire all-female directors and women in important creative roles for season one of her OWN Network show "Queen Sugar", something she plans to continue in season two. "Ava is a pioneer. She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality," he wrote. He concluded the letter by praising the "beautiful" "A Wrinkle in Time". "I watched closely from across the hall at Disney while working on 'Black Panther' as my big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors.