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Ava DuVernay Hopes to Break Down Cultural Barriers With New Reality Show ‘Home Sweet Home’

Ava DuVernay
Los Angeles Times

Ava DuVernay Updates: Ava DuVernay has given her stamp of approval to a new reality television project, Home Sweet Home.

The series, which sees 18 families from various cultural backgrounds swap houses to see how others live, is executive produced by the Oscar-nominated director. According to ET’s Kevin Frazier, DuVernay created Home Sweet Home in the hopes of demonstrating how we may be more alike than we realize.

“Curiosity is at the heart of Home Sweet Home,” said DuVernay. What would you find if you could have dinner in someone’s home, walk a mile in their shoes, and sleep a night in their bed? More parallels? More distinctions?”

“We’re not indicating that we must all have a “kumbaya, put your hands” instant. That isn’t the point of this, is it? “She went on. “The point of all of this is to respect, celebrate, and comprehend the difference. And if we can do that, we will be able to reach a point of understanding.”

During the pandemic, DuVernay was inspired to create the project after reflecting on who she welcomed into her home while in quarantine.

“76% of Americans have never been in the home of someone who is not their dominant identity,” she said. “I’d never eaten dinner in the home of a white family until I was an adult in college.”

Ava DuVernay New Tv Show Home Sweet Home

Ava DuVernay
Variety

The show is intended to highlight the positive aspects of people coming together and learning about one another’s cultures and lives. There is no drama. There is no conflict. I’m just learning and enjoying myself.

“The question, I believe, is, ‘Is this what people want right now?’ I’m hoping it is “She stated. “However, this remains to be seen. It was critical to me that this be available on a network that was free to all because I wanted to ensure that the broadest possible swath of people could enjoy and learn from it.”

What did she learn from making the show and observing these families interact? “I learned so much,” DuVernay admitted. “I learned a lot about terms, language, customs, and ways of being [and] had to question my own assumptions.”

“Our homes are where we can be most ourselves,” she continued, adding that she hopes to gain a “deeper understanding of one another” by visiting someone else’s home.

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