movies directed by women of color and nonwestern womenby samdine | created - 14 May 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
most of these i haven't seen, all i know is they were directed by women of color and nonwestern women (for lack of better categories, i know they're less than perfect, feel free to suggest better descriptors)
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1. Sweet Bean (2015)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,241 | Gross: $0.12M
2. A Dry White Season (1989)
R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,093 | Gross: $3.77M
3. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.
Votes: 97,010 | Gross: $32.54M
4. Night Catches Us (2010)
R | 90 min | Drama, Romance
In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.
Votes: 1,371 | Gross: $0.08M
5. Margarita with a Straw (2014)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.
6. Rue cases nègres (1983)
PG | 103 min | Drama, History
Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for ... See full summary »
90 min | Documentary
In response to the call of the Front de libération nationale (F.L.N., the National Liberation Front), thousands of Algerians from Paris and its surroundings march on October 17, 1961, to ... See full summary »
Director: Yasmina Adi
9. Lamma shoftak (2012)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of ... See full summary »
10. Mustang (2015)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama
When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
Votes: 28,507 | Gross: $0.85M
12. Los insólitos peces gato (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,479 | Gross: $0.01M
14. Wadjda (2012)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Votes: 15,807 | Gross: $1.35M
15. Selma (2014)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Votes: 74,362 | Gross: $52.08M
16. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes ... See full summary »
Votes: 614,381 | Gross: $7.56M
20. Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm (2007)
Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary
This is the story of one simple invention, the vibrator, and its relationship to one complex human behavior, the female orgasm. The history of the vibrator and its medical use had virtually... See full summary »
21. Appropriate Behavior (2014)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
22. Æon Flux (2005)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.
Votes: 117,125 | Gross: $25.86M
23. Advantageous (2015)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
24. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »
Votes: 555 | Gross: $0.03M
25. Jennifer's Body (2009)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror
A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
Votes: 102,446 | Gross: $16.20M
28. Sabah (2005)
86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.
30. The Lebanese Rocket Society (2012)
93 min | Documentary
From 1960 to 1966, a space project was undertaken in Lebanon. Several rockets, which became larger and more powerful with time, were launched from the hills surrounding Beirut by a group of... See full summary »
31. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who... See full summary »
33. Flag Wars (2003)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
"Flag Wars" is a cinema verite documentary that follows the conflicts that arise when gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood. Filmed over a four years in ... See full summary »
34. May in the Summer (2013)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
High off the success of her first book and planning to marry ZIAD, her sensible, stable and studious fiance, MAY BRENNAN has it all. At least that's what she'd like people to believe. ... See full summary »
Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.02M
36. Saving Face (2004)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Votes: 8,653 | Gross: $1.19M
38. Bride & Prejudice (2004)
PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family.
Votes: 18,636 | Gross: $6.60M
39. Rag Tag (2006)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Raymond and Tagbo met when they were eight. Although from radically different worlds - Raymond/Rag is from a single parent West Indian home, while Tagbo/Tag is the only son of middle class ... See full summary »
42. Heaven on Earth (2008)
106 min | Drama
Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior.
43. My Brother the Devil (2012)
Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Romance