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.
films about teenagers and coming of age: ghost world, a bronx tale, the breakfast club, girl interrupted, perks of being a wallflower, blue is the warmest color, rushmore, the last picture show, the virgin suicides, submarine, stand by me.
films about running away from home to find yourself: frances ha, spirited away, moonrise kingdom, 127 hours.
films about transgression, nihilism, and altering reality: fight club, american psycho, donnie darko, naked, the matrix, the piano teacher, martyrs.
films about finding your passion: kiki’s delivery service, american beauty, reality bites, school of rock, harold and maude.
films about drugs and existentialism: requiem for a dream, enter the void, trainspotting, spun, fear and loathing in las vegas, the trip, christiane f.
films about deconstructing the manic pixie dream girl trope: scott pilgrim vs. the world, amelie, fucking amal, paper towns, shame, annie hall., 500 days of summer.
films about punk rock: sid and nancy, we are the best!, jubilee, rock n roll high school, suburbia, the runaways, rocky horror picture show, ladies and gentlemen the fabulous stains.
films about lesbians: fucking amal, bound, saving face, blue is the warmest color, heavenly creatures, the kids are all right, high art
films about unconventional love: eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, adventureland, silver linings playbook, amelie, lars and the real girl, when harry met sally, lost in translation.
films about art & artists: the antics roadshow, ai weiwei: never sorry, fame high, just like being there, woodmans, who the fuck Is jackson pollock, jean-michel basquiat: the radiant child, my kid could paint that, mona lisa smile
films about girl best friends: thelma & louise, spring breakers, thirteen, pitch perfect, dreamgirls, mystic pizza, the last days of disco, frances ha
Boyz N Da Hood
Menace II Society
Do The Right Thing
Love & Basketball
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Coming To America
Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood
Set It Off
Lean On Me
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Lady Sings The Blues
Waiting To Exhale
The underrated but actually better than all the previously mentioned Black classics in cinema:
Why Did I Get Married
The Five Heartbeats
Above The Rim
House Party 3
In Too Deep
Akeelah & The Bee
New Jersey Drive
He Got Game
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
The hilariously overrated Black classics in cinema:
EVERY OTHER TYLER PERRY MOVIE
You Got Stomped On The Drumline
Vampire In Brooklyn
Tales From the Hood
Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Hustle & Flow
Feel free to categorize and add any I missed…
…and I’m blocking anybody that mentions Big Mama’s House and/or Soul Plane
Two days ago, I didn’t believe in the existence of talking animals… of dwarves or… or centaurs. Yet here you are, in strengths and numbers that we Telmarines could never have imagined. Whether this horn is magic or not, it brought us together… and together, we have a chance to take back what is ours! —
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.
A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.
Seventeen year old Miklós Varga’s plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend Dan are crushed by the accidental death of his older brother Tomi. Only Mik knows the events that led to this tragedy, and he is suddenly forced to navigate his guilt and explosive sexuality to find the man he can become.
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother’s actions and must try to cope with his biological family.
A young street musician girl must conquer her own fears and ghosts from the past, including the social influences of Ukraine, where she has grown up, in order to admit her feelings for a beautiful deaf-mute girl.
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
↳ Cosette was not very timid by nature. There flowed in her veins some of the blood of the bohemian and the adventuress who runs barefoot.
It will be remembered that she was more of a lark than a dove. There was a foundation of wildness and bravery in her