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10 Female Directors To Hype Up (Who Aren’t Greta Gerwig)

It would behoove us to learn more about these ten women directors who could use some of the hype Greta Gerwig is currently getting.

Award season…can be a real trip. Most of it is spent watching a bunch of rich Hollywood types take laps for work that ideally deserves the acclaim. The other half of it includes even casual film observers noting exactly who has been purposefully denied (snubbed) nominations to certain awards. And of course, sometimes certain people can dominate the discussion at the expense of others.

This season features Little Women director Greta Gerwig in that very position. Like many other female directors who created good art in 2019, Gerwig was snubbed for a best director nod, leading to yet another year where these award entities pretend women don’t exist, or worse, that we don’t watch or direct movies. However, the odd thing about this is that instead of focusing on this snub in a way that includes, let’s say, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang and Clemency’s Chinonye Chukwu the focus has been solely on her…the white female director…for obvious reasons. Which is interesting because whiteness makes it so that I’m sure a win for her is inevitable. But for other directors of color? Not so much.

And since that’s the case, here are ten other female directors who could use some of the hype Greta Gerwig is currently getting:

1. Dee Rees

Most Recent Film: Mudbound (2017)

Upcoming Project: The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)

2. Lulu Wang

Most Recent Film: The Farewell (2019)

3. Cathy Yan

Most Recent Film: Birds of Prey (2020)

4. Chinonye Chukwu

Most Recent Film: Clemency (2019)

Upcoming Project: Americanah (2020)

5. Numa Perrier

Most Recent Film: Jezebel (2019)


6. Nia DaCosta

Most Recent Film: Candyman (2020)

7. Nijla Mu’min

Most Recent Film: Jinn (2018)

Upcoming Project: Insecure (2020)

8. Nikyatu Jusu

Most Recent Film: Suicide By Sunlight (2019)

9. Mati Diop

Most Recent Film: Atlantics (2019)

10. Minhal Baig

Most Recent Film: Hala (2019)

Clarkisha Kent is a Nigerian-American writer, culture critic, former columnist, and up and coming author. Committed to telling inclusive stories via unique viewpoints from nigh-infancy, she is fascinated with using storytelling and cultural criticism not as a way to “overcome” or “transcend” her unique identities (as a fat and queer Black African woman), but as a way to explore them, celebrate them, affirm them, and most importantly, normalize them and make the world safe enough for people who share them to exist. As a University of Chicago graduate with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and English, she brings with her over five years of pop culture analysis experience, four years of film theory training, and a healthy appetite for change. Her writing has been featured in outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Essence, The Root, BET, HuffPost, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and more. She is also the creator of #TheKentTest, a media litmus test designed to evaluate the quality of representation that exists for women of color in film and other media. Currently, Kent is working on finishing a novel about a Black female outlaw and a TV comedy pilot about an immortal familiar.

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