Films by or about people of colour directed by women*
Some notes on the list:
This list is non-exhaustive.
The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.
Directed by American WOC starring POC
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash) Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair) I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin) Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons) Girlfight (Karyn Kusama) Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood) Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) Saving Face (Alice Wu) Something New (Sanaa Hamri) Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry) I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay) Pariah (Dee Rees) Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney) Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero) Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism) Selma (Ava DuVernay) 13th (Ava DuVernay) Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins) Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon) It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting) Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao)
Directed by WOC starring white people The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta) D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson) Vanity Fair (Mira Nair) Jennifer’s Body(Karyn Kusama) Last Night (Massy Tadjedin) The Invitation (Karyn Kusama) Equity (Meera Menon) Shake It (Hella Joof)
International WOC Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Monsoon Wedding(Mira Nair) India Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada Belle (Amma Asante) UK The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmabaf) Iran
Directed by white women starring POC Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary Black Panthers (Agnès Varda) documentary Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis) Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders) Whale Rider (Niki Caro) Frida (Julie Taymor) Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit) Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier) 35 Rhums (Claire Denis) The Wedding Song (Karin Albou) 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy) Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson) The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold) American Honey (Andrea Arnold) Ayanda (Sara Blecher)
*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that.
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