Female Directors of Color

Desiree Akhavan
Desiree Akhavan

Director credits: Adam (2017) The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2017) Appropriate Behavior (2014) Nose Job (2010)

Akhtar, Zoya
Akhtar, Zoya

Director credits: Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) Bombay Talkies (2013) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) Luck by Chance (2009)

Al Mansour, Haifaa
Al Mansour, Haifaa

Director credits: Mary Shelley (2017) Wadjda (2012)

Allen, Debbie
Allen, Debbie

Director credits: TV: Grey's Anatomy, Insecure, Scandal, Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, All of Us, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, A Different World, Fame

Anadu, Chika
Anadu, Chika

Director credits: B for Boy (2013) Ava (2010) Epilogue (2009)

Anderson, Madeline
Anderson, Madeline

Director credits: The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1975) I Am Somebody (1970) Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist? (1967) The Cool World (1964) Integration Report One (1960)

Anderson, Vashti
Anderson, Vashti

Director credits: Moko Jumbie (2017) Jeffrey's Calypso (2005) Zara Mirage (2002)

Angelou, Maya (1928-2014)
Angelou, Maya (1928-2014)

Director credits: Down in the Delta (1998)

Asante, Amma
Asante, Amma

Director credits: A Way of Life (2004) Belle (2013) A United Kingdom (2016) Where Hands Touch (2017)

Barnette, Neema
Barnette, Neema

Director credits: TV: Being Mary Jane, Queen Sugar Civil Brand (2002) Run For the Dream - The Gail Devers Story (1996) The Cosby Show A Different World

Bassett, Angela
Bassett, Angela

Director credits: TV: American Horror Story Whitney (2015)

Benson, Lillian
Benson, Lillian

Director credits: Amen: The Life and Music of Jester Hairston (2013) All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11 (2004)

Bodomo, Frances
Bodomo, Frances

Director credits: Sonnambula (2009) Afronauts (2014) Boneshaker (2013)

Bravo, Janicza
Bravo, Janicza

Director credits: Divorce, Atlanta, Lemon (2017) Man Rots from the Head (2016) Woman in Deep (2016) Hard World for Small Things (2016) Gregory Go Boom Eat (2013)

Cardoso, Patricia
Cardoso, Patricia

Director credits: La Clave (2016) Deep Blue Breath (2011) Real Women Have Curves (2002) The Water Carrier (1996) El reino de los cielos (1994)

Chadha, Gurinder
Chadha, Gurinder

Director credits: Viceroy's House (2017) It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) Paris, je t'aime (2006) Bride & Prejudice (2004) Bend It Like Beckham (2002) What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? (1994) Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

Chen, Joan
Chen, Joan

Director credits: Shanghai Strangers (2012) Autumn in New York (2000) Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

Chenzira, Ayoka
Chenzira, Ayoka

Director credits: Alma's Rainbow (1994) Zajota and the Boogie Spirit (1989) The Lure and the Lore (1988) Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People (1984) Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum (1979)

Collins, Kathleen (1942-1988)
Collins, Kathleen (1942-1988)

Director credits: Losing Ground (1982) The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy (1980)

Cunningham, Marta
Cunningham, Marta

Director credits: Claws, Insecure, Pretty Little Liars, Imposters, The Good Fight, Transparent, Valentine Road (2013)

Dash, Julie
Dash, Julie

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Daughters of the Dust (1991) SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997) Funny Valentines (1999) Incognito (1999) Love Song (2000) The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Davis, Zeinabu Irene
Davis, Zeinabu Irene

Director credits: Filmstatement (1982) Re-creating Black Women's Media Image (1983) Crocodile Conspiracy (1986) Sweet Bird of Youth (1987) Cycles (1989) Trumpetistically Clora Bryant (1989) A Period Piece (1991) A Powerful Thang (1991) Mother of the River (1995) Compensation (1999) Passengers (2009) Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA (2011)

Derakhshandeh, Pouran
Derakhshandeh, Pouran

Director credits: Under the Smoky Roof (2017) Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (2013) Roya-ye khis (2005) A Candle in the Wind (2004)

Diallo, Mariama
Diallo, Mariama

Hair Wolf (2018) Sketch (2017)

Djansi, Leila
Djansi, Leila

Director credits: Ties That Bind (2011) Where Children Play (2015) Like Cotton Twines (2016)

Dunye, Cheryl
Dunye, Cheryl

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Black is Blue (2018) The Owls (2010) Stranger Inside (2001) The Watermelon Woman (1996)

DuVernay, Ava
DuVernay, Ava

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar A Wrinkle in Time (2018) 13th (2016) Selma (2014) Middle of Nowhere (2012) I Will Follow (2010) This Is the Life (2008)

Farrokhzad, Forugh (1935-1967)
Farrokhzad, Forugh (1935-1967)

Director credit: The House is Black (1963)

Garnett, Shailene
Garnett, Shailene

Director: Godspeed (2016) 77 Days (2016)

Gist, Eloyce King Patrick (1892-1974
Gist, Eloyce King Patrick (1892-1974

Director credits: Verdict Not Guilty (1930) Hell Bound Train (1929)

Gómez, Sara
Gómez, Sara

Director credits: One Way or Another (1977) Una isla para Miguel (1968) ...y tenemos sabor (1967) Guanabacoa: Crónica de mi familia (1966)

Govan, Maria
Govan, Maria

Director credits: Play the Devil (2016) Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962 (2012) Rain (2008)

Green, Debbie Tucker
Green, Debbie Tucker

Director credits: Second Coming (2014) Heat (2009)

Guerrero, Aurora
Guerrero, Aurora

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Mosquita y Mari (2012) Pandora's (2008) Viernes girl (2005) Pura Lengua (2005)

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Hamilton, LisaGay
Hamilton, LisaGay

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)

Hamilton, Tanya
Hamilton, Tanya

TV: Famous in Love, Queen Sugar, American Crime, Greenleaf Film: The Killers (1995) Night Catches Us (2010)

Hamri, Sanaa
Hamri, Sanaa

TV: Empire, Shameless, Elementary, Nashville Film: Just Wright (2010) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2008) Something New (2006)

Harris, Leslie
Harris, Leslie

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992) Bessie Coleman's Dream to Fly (1993)

Hatta, Kayo
Hatta, Kayo

Hug (2006) Fishbowl (2005) Picture Bride (1994)

Houston, Dianne
Houston, Dianne

Film: Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (2017) Runaway Island (2015) Tuesday Morning Ride (1995) TV: Single Ladies, Crossing Jordan, Soul Food, NYPD Blue

Hurston, Zora Neale
Hurston, Zora Neale

Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) Baptism (1929) Children Games (1928) Logging (1928)

Jefferson, Nailah
Jefferson, Nailah

Plaquemines (2016) Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache (2014)

Jusu, Nikyatu
Jusu, Nikyatu

Flowers (2015) Black Swan Theory (2011) Say Grace Before Drowning (2010) African Booty Scratcher (2007)

Kaur, Valarie
Kaur, Valarie

The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison (2012) Alienation (2011)

Kawase, Naomi
Kawase, Naomi

Radiance (2017) Seed (2016) Sweet Bean (2015) Still the Water (2014) Chiri (2012) The Mourning Forest (2007) Suzaku (1997)

Keshavarz, Maryam
Keshavarz, Maryam

TV: Queen Sugar Film: Circumstance (2011) The Day I Died (2006) Not For Sale (2006) Rangeh eshgh (2004)

Kibinge, Judy
Kibinge, Judy

Something Necessary (2013) Project Daddy (2004) Dangerous Affair (2002)

Kim, So Yong
Kim, So Yong

TV: Room 104, The Good Fight, American Crime, Transparent, Queen Sugar Film: Lovesong (2016) For Ellen (2012) Treeless Mountain (2008) In Between Days (2006)

King, Regina
King, Regina

TV: Shameless, Greenleaf, Scandal, Being Mary Jane, Southland

Kusama, Karyn
Kusama, Karyn

TV: Halt and Catch Fire, Billions, XX, The Man in the High Castle, Masters of Sex, Chicago Fire, The L Word Film: Invitation (2015) Æon Flux (2005) Girlfight (2000)

Labaki, Nadine
Labaki, Nadine

Rio, I Love You (2014) Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Caramel (2007)

Larkin, Alile Sharon
Larkin, Alile Sharon

Dreadlocks and the Three Bears (1991) Miss Fluci Moses (1987) A Different Image (1982) Your Children Come Back to You (1979)

Lee Sook-Yin
Lee Sook-Yin

Octavio is Dead (2017) Whispers and Shoulders (2015) Year of the Carnivore (2009) Unlocked (2005)

Lemmons, Kasi
Lemmons, Kasi

TV: Shots Fired Film: Black Nativity (2013) Talk to Me (2007) Eve's Bayou (1997)

Likké, Nnegest
Likké, Nnegest

Everything But a Man (2017) Ben & Ara (2015) Phat Girlz (2006)

Lucas, Halima
Lucas, Halima

Amelia's Closet (2016) The Discovery of Dit Dodson (2016) Jean (2014) It Happens (2013)

Lynch, Shola
Lynch, Shola

We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014) Imagine a Future (2013) Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012) Angela Davis: Le Combat Continue (2010) Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

Mabry, Tina
Mabry, Tina

TV: Insecure, Queen Sugar, Dear White People, Scandal, Queen of the South Film: An American Girl Story-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (2016) Mississippi Damned (2009)

Mahoney, Victoria
Mahoney, Victoria

TV: Power, Claws, Gypsy, Queen Sugar, American Crime, Grey's Anatomy Film: Yelling to the Sky (2011)

Maple, Jessie
Maple, Jessie

Twice as Nice (1989) Will (1981)

Martin, Darnell
Martin, Darnell

The Lost Valentine (2011) Cadillac Records (2008) Their Eyes Were Watching God (2008)

Matsoukas, Melina
Matsoukas, Melina

TV: Insecure, Master of None Beyoncé: All Night (2016) Beyoncé: Formation (2016) Jay-Z Feat. Beyoncé: Part II - On the Run (2014) Beyoncé: Pretty Hurts (2013)

Mehta, Deepa
Mehta, Deepa

Anatomy of Violence (2016) Beeba Boys (2015) Midnight's Children (2012) Heaven on Earth (2008) Water (2005) Earth (1998) Fire (1996)

Mohl, Valerie Red-Horse
Mohl, Valerie Red-Horse

Mankiller (2017)

Monpierre, Mariette
Monpierre, Mariette

Elza (2011) Paris la métisse (2005)

Mu’min, Nijla
Mu’min, Nijla

Jinn (2017) Dream (2015) Deluge (2014) Jessica's Mom (or the Science of Triangles) (2012) Two Bodies (2011)

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Nair, Mira
Nair, Mira

Queen of Katwe (2016) New York, I Love You (2008) The Namesake (2006) Monsoon Wedding (2001) Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) Mississippi Masala (1991) Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Nguvu, Nefertite
Nguvu, Nefertite

In the Morning (2014) The End of Winter (2009) I Want You (2007)

Omawale, Tchaiko
Omawale, Tchaiko

Solace (2017) America's Shadows: HIV Risk in Black & Latino Youth (2008)

Palcy, Euzhan
Palcy, Euzhan

The Killing Yard (2001) Ruby Bridges (1998) A Dry White Season (1989) Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Rue Cases Negres (1983)

Pendharkar, Leena
Pendharkar, Leena

20 Weeks (2017) Dandekar Makes a Sandwich (2015) Mother at Work! (2015) Yes! The Perfect Boyfriend! (2013) Raspberry Magic (2010)

Phang, Jennifer
Phang, Jennifer

TV: Major Crimes, The Exorcist Film: Advantageous (2015) Half-Life (2008) Love, Ltd. (2000)

Prince-Bythewood, Gina
Prince-Bythewood, Gina

TV: Shots Fired, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show Film: Beyond the Lights (2014) The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Disappearing Acts (2000) Love and Basketball (2000)

Reddy, Nandini
Reddy, Nandini

Kalyana Vaibhogame (2016) Dum dum pee pee (2013) Jabardasth (2013) Ala Modalaindi (2011)

Rees, Dee
Rees, Dee

TV: Empire Film: Mudbound (2017) Bessie (2015) Pariah (2011)

Rhimes, Shonda
Rhimes, Shonda

Blossoms and Veils (1998)

Richardson-Whitfield, Salli
Richardson-Whitfield, Salli

TV: Scandal, Rebel, Underground, Queen Sugar, Shadowhunters

Riggen, Patricia
Riggen, Patricia

TV: Jack Ryan Film: Miracles From Heaven (2016) The 33 (2015) Girl in Progress (2012) Revolución (2010) Under the Same Moon (2007) Family Portrait (2004)

Riley Draper, Deborah
Riley Draper, Deborah

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016) Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012)

Rivas, Marialy
Rivas, Marialy

Princesita (2015) Young and Wild (2012) Blocks (2010) Smog (2000)

Robinson, Angela
Robinson, Angela

TV: True Blood, The L Word Film: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) D.E.B.S. (2004)

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Sabag, Randa Chahal
Sabag, Randa Chahal

The Kite (2003) A Civilized People (1999) Nos guerres imprudentes (1995) Écrans de sable (1991)

Shelton, Millicent
Shelton, Millicent

White Famous, Supergirl, Empire, Shots Fired, Scandal, Rosewood, The Flash, Black-ish, Survivor's Remorse, The Originals, American Crime, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends

Shum, Mina
Shum, Mina

Meditation Park (2017) Ninth Floor (2015) I Saw You (2013) All (2011) Long Life Happiness & Prosperity (2002) Double Happiness (1994) Me, Mom and Mona (1993)

Smith, Cauleen
Smith, Cauleen

Drylongso (1998) Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (1992) Daily Rains (1990)

Solomon, Frances-Anne
Solomon, Frances-Anne

Hero (2017) A Winter Tale (2007) Literature Alive (2005-2006) Lord Have Mercy! (2003-2004) What My Mother Told Me (1995) Bideshi (1995)

Speaks, Avril
Speaks, Avril

Class Picture (2014) Defining Moments (2007) Sophisticated Romance (2007) The Round Table (2006) Soul Connection (2001)

Stewart, Nzingha
Stewart, Nzingha

TV: Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Major Crimes, Pretty Little Liars, The Game Film: Love by the 10th Date (2017) With This Ring (2015)

Swan, Alison
Swan, Alison

Mixing Nia (1998) Compañera (1993)

Swanson, Christine
Swanson, Christine

BlacKorea (2017) Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016) For the Love of Ruth (2015) Six Weeks (2012) All About Us (2007) All About You (2001) Two Seasons (2000)

Tandan, Loveleen
Tandan, Loveleen

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Monson Wedding (2001)

Tlatli, Moufida
Tlatli, Moufida

Nadia et Sarra (2004) The Season of Men (2000) The Silences of the Palace (1994)

Townes, Kimberly
Townes, Kimberly

Hands to the Sky Catch Them & They're Yours (2017) Zero (2012) Planting Hope (2010) How to Become a Pretty Girl (2008)

Turner, Christine
Turner, Christine

Hold On (2017) You Can Go (2017) Homegoings (2013)

Vallot, Delila
Vallot, Delila

The Mighty Ground (2017) Can You Dig This (2015) Tunnel Vision (2013)

Vir, Arun K.
Vir, Arun K.

Reset (2015) The Last Weekend (1998)

Welbon, Yvonne
Welbon, Yvonne

Sisters in Cinema (2003) Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 (1999) Monique (1992)

Wright, Tanya
Wright, Tanya

Butterfly Rising (2010)

Wu, Alice
Wu, Alice

Saving Face (2004)

Youssef, Susan
Youssef, Susan

Habibi Rasak Kharban (2011) West Fingerboard Road (2010) Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf (2006)

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