A Wrinkle in Time is one of the year’s most highly-anticipated films. Not only does the film star an all-star cast and director (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Ava DuVernay just to name a few), but the award-winning director isn’t just merely putting out great art on film, but seeks to inspire young girls with her latest work.

Speaking about the film, empowerment themes and takeaways from A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay expressed her desire for young girls to see themselves as brave and heroic in the work.

Listen to DuVernay detail her hopes and dreams for young girls as related to the film courtesy of NBC below.