Somehow, in 89 years of the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has only seen fit to nominate women for their best director prize four times. They’ve only actually handed a woman the trophy once. It’s time for that to change.
“You know that feeling when you see someone getting off a bus and their body language as they disembark… you can feel everything about that experience. I think we carry so much and communicate so much through our bodies. And there’s a really kind of guttural connection to that, as simple as seeing someone smile and wanting to smile. We share so much through small gestures that we make everyday and, for me, cinema is a language to express that because it can put you in the point of view of another body like no other medium. There’s traditional dance on film but I’m also interested in this other space, which is focused on just how we communicate, and how to express that through such a vibrant and living art form.”
“Of all the actresses associated with film noir, Ida Lupino (1918-1995) seems the most complex. Ms. Lupino could be as sultry and sassy as Lauren Bacall while projecting an aching vulnerability. As world-weary as Gloria Grahame, she never came across as fragile, particularly in her subsequent work as a director….
“Road House” may be Ms. Lupino’s defining vehicle.” - J. Hoberman, New York Times
As a director of 3 feature length movies, several TV movies and episodes, and 2 documentaries, Ava DuVernay is making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She continues to break boundaries, make film history and inspire black, female filmmakers. Let’s face it, she really deserved that Oscar nomination.
Ava (2015), gouache on fabriano, now on redbubble!!!
“My hair is turning grey and there are lines on my forehead and two deep furrows between my eyebrows. I am glad that I am no longer a dreamer now that I am nearly thirty-two, even though being thirty-two years old means having used up and left behind thirty-two years of one’s allocation of life. But instead I have found myself.”
Senegalese director Rama Thiaw photographed by Camille Millerand.
If we look at the film industry, 80% of it is dominated by white, older men. Then, there are few places for women in general, even white women. There are few places for black men, and a very small place for black women. But, there is a difference between Afro-American and African people. We are the niggers of the niggers on earth, that’s the problem. It is so true! So, as we are only a few, no one will take the risk to put a high budget on our films. This is the major problem we face nowadays. Films are related to an industry. We need money to make good films.
On the other hand, we have a problem of awareness because there are rich black people even in Africa. But the rich African people won’t put money in cinema or in culture because they don’t care. They prefer to put money in politics or to make much more money because they don’t care about our culture, about their own culture. So, we need to raise awareness, for the rich African people to invest and act like patrons of our culture.