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Compton Native Ava DuVernay Gives Students in Hometown 1st Public Screening of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Director Ava DuVernay and Compton Mayor Aja Brown attend a special advance private screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" attended by students from various middle schools around the city of Compton on March 2, 2018. (Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Director Ava DuVernay and Compton Mayor Aja Brown attend a special advance private screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” attended by students from various middle schools around the city of Compton on March 2, 2018. (Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Compton middle school students were treated to a first look at the new Disney film “A Wrinkle in Time” with director Ava DuVernay on Friday.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown invited students to the Dollarhide Community Center for a special screening and Q&A with DuVernay, a Compton native.

DuVernay tweeted, “I asked Disney if the first public screening of #WrinkleinTime could be in my hometown of Compton. They created a theater experience with fab sound + picture quality out of a community center since there are no movie theaters in Compton. I thank them. And these kids do too”

People tweeted support for the event using #WrinkleInCompton.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic and stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. It opens Friday, March 9.