Black Women Movie Directors

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List of Black women who directed feature-length films - Por @mujeresenlasartes (IG)

1. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

2. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...

3. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

4. Nzingha Stewart

Director | With This Ring

Named an Inaugural Director to Watch by Boards Magazine October 2000.

5. Julie Dash

Director | Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash was born on October 22, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Daughters of the Dust (1991), The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Funny Valentines (1999).

6. Kasi Lemmons

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Eve's Bayou (1997). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since 1995. They have two children.

7. Tina Gordon

Writer | Drumline

Tina Gordon is a writer and director, known for Drumline (2002), ATL (2006) and Peeples (2013).

8. Tanya Hamilton

Director | Night Catches Us

Tanya Hamilton is known for her work on Night Catches Us (2010), The Chi (2018) and Queen Sugar (2016).

9. Genevieve Nnaji

Actress | Road to Yesterday

Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...

10. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Shots Fired

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

11. Rita Coburn Whack

Director | Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

Rita Coburn Whack is a production manager and director, known for Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016), American Masters (1985) and Imagine (2003).

12. Destiny Ekaragha

Director | Mumatar

Destiny Ekaragha is a director and writer, known for Mumatar (2018), Gone Too Far (2013) and The End of the F***ing World (2017).

13. Michelle Bello

Producer | Flower Girl

Michelle Bello: In 2007, Michelle produced and directed her first feature film Small Boy set in Lagos Nigeria. The film became an instant success in the US as out of 400 films, it was nominated for two awards at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2008 for the Heineken Red Star Award...

14. Tope Oshin

Director | Shuga

Named as one of the Okay100 Women of 2017 by OkayAfrica, Tope Oshin is a severally awarded filmmaker who has directed over 7,000 hours of TV & film content. These consist of up to 750 episodes of some of Africa's biggest drama series like MTV Shuga, Tinsel, Hotel Majestic, Hush, Castle & Castle, ...

15. Hella Joof

Director | En kort en lang

Hella Joof was born on November 1, 1962 in Birkerød, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for Shake It (2001), Bullerfnis (1990) and Se min kjole (2009). She has been married to Henrik Jepsen since 2012. She was previously married to Runi Lewerissa.

16. Janicza Bravo

Director | Lemon

Janicza Bravo has spent half her life in Panama and half in Brooklyn. She studied directing and design for theatre at New York University's Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has mounted plays in New York, Los Angeles, and Madrid. Her first short, Eat, premiered at SXSW. Her last short, ...

17. Tina Mabry

Director | Mississippi Damned

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production in 2005. A true hyphenate, Tina is a writer, director, and producer for television and film. She is a writer and producer for Fox's upcoming ...

18. Stella Meghie

Director | Jean of the Joneses

Stella Meghie is a director and writer, known for Jean of the Joneses (2016).

19. Dyana Gaye

Director | Un transport en commun

Dyana Gaye is a director and writer, known for Saint Louis Blues (2009), Under the Starry Sky (2013) and Ousmane (2006).

21. Chineze Anyaene

Producer | 20 Years Later

Chineze Anyaene (Filmmaker, Director, Producer), A filmmaker with passion and drive in telling stories with thorough cinematic interpretation benchmarked on acclaimed international technical standard.

Chineze Anyaene was born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa. She obtained her B.A in Theatre...

22. Neema Barnette

Director | Civil Brand

Director and producer Neema Barnette has engaged audiences with a body of socially compelling and politically charged work that defies the narrow stereotypes of African-Americans usually depicted in entertainment. Working in both television and film, Barnette has earned the respect of peers and ...

23. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

26. Kathleen Collins

Writer | The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

She was the first Black American woman to make and release a feature film.

27. DeMane Davis

Director | Lift

DeMane Davis is a producer and director, known for Lift (2001), Black & White & Red All Over (1997) and Queen Sugar (2016).

28. Cheryl Dunye

Director | The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye was born on May 13, 1966 in Liberia. She is a director and producer, known for The Watermelon Woman (1996), The Owls (2010) and Stranger Inside (2001).

29. Safi Faye

Director | Mossane

Safi Faye was born on November 22, 1943 in Dakar, Senegal. She is a director and actress, known for Mossane (1996), Kaddu Beykat (1976) and Fad'jal (1979).

30. Amandine Gay

Director | Ouvrir la voix

(2017) Amandine GAY is a Montreal-based Afrofeminist filmmaker, activist, and journalist. Following her graduation from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon with a masters in communication, Amandine GAY joined the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris 16 and began performing in theatre, film ...

31. Sanaa Hamri

Producer | Empire

Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox ...

32. Leslie Harris

Producer | Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

Leslie Harris is a producer and director, known for Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992), Bessie Coleman's Dream to Fly (1993) and New York Conversations (2010).

33. Wanuri Kahiu

Director | Rafiki

Wanuri's first feature film From A Whisper, based on the real events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania won Best Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as five awards at the African Movie Academy Award, including Best...

34. Regina King

Actress | Ray

Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. She began her career in the television show 227 (1985), followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood (1991). She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba ...

35. Shola Lynch

Producer | Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Shola Lynch was born as Shola Ayn Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) and We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014). She has been married to Vincent Morgan since September ...

36. Sharon Lewis

Director | Brown Girl Begins

Sharon Lewis is a director and producer, known for Brown Girl Begins (2017).

37. Darnell Martin

Director | I Like It Like That

Darnell Martin was born on January 7, 1964 in Bronx, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for I Like It Like That (1994), Cadillac Records (2008) and Do the Right Thing (1989). She is married to Giuseppe Ducrot.

38. Nijla Mumin

Director | Jinn

Nijla Mumin is a director and writer, known for Jinn (2018), Jessica's Mom (or the Science of Triangles) (2012) and Lye (2008).

39. Nefertite Nguvu

Director | In The Morning

Nefertite is a graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for outstanding screenplay. Nefertite has written, produced and directed several narrative shorts: "I Want You," "The End of Winter," and the soon to be released ...

40. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

41. Rungano Nyoni

Writer | Mwansa the Great

Directors born in Zambia and willing to bear witness on this country are something of a rarity. This is nonetheless the case of Rungano Nyoni, a young woman whose native town is Lusaka although she did not stay there long. She was indeed still a little girl when she emigrated to Great Britain with ...

42. Tchaiko Omawale

Director | Solace

Tchaiko Omawale is a director and producer, known for Solace (2018), Solace (2013) and So Undercover (2012).

43. Euzhan Palcy

Director | Rue cases nègres

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a director and writer, known for Black Shack Alley (1983), Siméon (1992) and A Dry White Season (1989).

44. Angela Robinson

Writer | D.E.B.S.

Angela Robinson was born on February 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for D.E.B.S. (2004), D.E.B.S. (2003) and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). She is married to Alexandra Kondracke. They have one child.

45. Millicent Shelton

Director | 30 Rock

Millicent Shelton is a director and writer, known for 30 Rock (2006), Awkward. (2011) and The Flash (2014). She has been married to Donald Samuel since June 10, 1995. They have two children.

46. Cauleen Smith

Director | Drylongso

Cauleen Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in the Sacramento area. She completed her B.A. at San Francisco State University in 1991 and her M.F.A. in Film at UCLA in 1998. Her feature length film Drylongso received a lot of attention after its showing at the Sundance Film Festival....

47. Christine Swanson

Director | Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story

Multiple award-winning filmmaker Christine Swanson earned her MFA in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, one of the nation's top-ranked graduate film programs. Recognized early as a talented filmmaker, Christine was selected by NYU faculty as the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellow, ...

48. Dana Verde

Writer | Grand Gesture

Dana Verde is an Award-winning filmmaker with an international perspective and appeal. She wrote, directed and produced the films My Daughter, The 8OOlb Gorilla, In Black & White, After, Grand Gesture, The Last Romantics, and Lock & Key. Her film Grand Gesture was nominated best feature film by HBO...

49. Rhonda Baraka

Director | Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta

Rhonda Freeman-Baraka is an NAACP-nominated writer/director based in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, she directed Lifetime's star-studded "Pride and Prejudice Atlanta," an all-black, updated version of the Jane Austen classic, and "Downsized," a family comedy starring real-life husband and wife ...

50. Adélia Sampaio

Producer | Amor Maldito

Adélia Sampaio was born in 1944 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil as Adélia Pereira Sampaio. She is a production manager and producer, known for Amor Maldito (1984), O Segredo da Rosa (1974) and Ele, Ela, Quem? (1980).

54. Mo Asumang

Actress | The Ghost Writer

Mo Asumang was born on June 13, 1963 in Kassel, Hesse, West Germany as Monika Asumang. She is an actress and director, known for The Ghost Writer (2010), Die Arier (2014) and Suck My Dick (2001).

55. Nnegest Likké

Director | Everything But a Man

Nnegest Likké is a multi-award winning writer-director-producer with a passion for making socially and culturally impactful, commercial films. She grew up in Oakland and San Francisco and attended college in Atlanta where she earned her B.A. in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta University. ...

56. Debbie Allen

Actress | Fame

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to ...

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