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How Nia DaCosta Went From Wide-Eyed NYU Film Grad to Hollywood Director on the Rise
The first-time feature filmmaker wants to capture slices of American life rarely seen on screen, especially those that are foreign to her.
When New Yorker Nia DaCosta first visited Williston, North Dakota, the real-life setting on which her auspicious feature debut “Little Woods” is based, she found what she called the modern Wild West. The filmmaker was shocked by the stark inequalities she discovered in the fracking boomtown, especially when it came to healthcare and the reproductive rights for women. She found a place that felt lawless. She also found inspiration.