movies directed by women of color and nonwestern women

by 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

60 Metascore

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 »

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 6,241 | Gross: $0.12M

2. A Dry White Season (1989)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

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 »

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 4,093 | Gross: $3.77M

3. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 97,010 | Gross: $32.54M

4. Night Catches Us (2010)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Tanya Hamilton | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamara Griffin, Sadiq Afif

Votes: 1,371 | Gross: $0.08M

5. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

63 Metascore

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.

Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 2,692

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 »

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabé

Votes: 735

7. I Will Follow (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms, Omari Hardwick, Michole Briana White

Votes: 659 | Gross: $0.36M

8. Ici on noie les Algériens: 17 Octobre 1961 (2011)

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

Votes: 25

9. Lamma shoftak (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

72 Metascore

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 »

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh

Votes: 488

10. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 28,507 | Gross: $0.85M

11. Mosquita y Mari (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

66 Metascore

After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

Director: Aurora Guerrero | Stars: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Joaquín Garrido, Laura Patalano

Votes: 721

12. Los insólitos peces gato (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

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 »

Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce | Stars: Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén

Votes: 1,479 | Gross: $0.01M

13. W.A.K.A (2014)

97 min | Drama

Mathilda is Marilyn, mother of Adam during the day and prostitute at night. She is ready for any sacrifice to raise her child...

Director: Françoise Ellong | Stars: Patricia Bakalack, Bruno Henry, Alain Bomo Bomo, Frank Ateh

Votes: 18

14. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 15,807 | Gross: $1.35M

15. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 74,362 | Gross: $52.08M

16. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 614,381 | Gross: $7.56M

17. Milh Hadha al-Bahr (2008)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis, Dana Drigov

Votes: 943 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 24,519 | Gross: $10.73M

19. Everything, Everything (2017)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door.

Director: Stella Meghie | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera

Votes: 21,713 | Gross: $34.00M

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 »

Directors: Emiko Omori, Wendy Blair Slick | Stars: Shirley Chisholm, Betty Dodson, Betty Friedan, Rachel P. Maines

Votes: 74

21. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,188

22. Æon Flux (2005)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sophie Okonedo, Marton Csokas

Votes: 117,125 | Gross: $25.86M

23. Advantageous (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong

Votes: 3,551

24. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

63 Metascore

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 »

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks

Votes: 555 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

47 Metascore

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?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 102,446 | Gross: $16.20M

26. Futatsume no mado (2014)

121 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Nijirô Murakami, Junko Abe, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetta Sugimoto

Votes: 2,126

27. Yelling to the Sky (2011)

94 min | Drama

48 Metascore

As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.

Director: Victoria Mahoney | Stars: Zoë Kravitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Clarke, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 698

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.

Director: Ruba Nadda | Stars: Arsinée Khanjian, Setta Keshishian, Roula Said, Fadia Nadda

Votes: 1,276

29. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 11,593 | Gross: $8.81M

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 »

Directors: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige | Stars: Hampar Karageozian, Harry Koundakjian, Manoug Manougian, John Markarian

Votes: 110

31. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Cheryl Dunye | Stars: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson

Votes: 701

32. Black Aura on an Angel (2004)

R | 64 min | Thriller

Black Aura on an Angel is a romance thriller that depicts the devastating effects of a woman's mental illness on a blossoming love affair.

Director: Faith Trimel | Stars: Elle Richardson, Deborah Duke, Faith Trimel, Kathy Johnson

Votes: 20

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 »

Directors: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras | Stars: Nina Masseria, Floyd Goode, Josephine Goode, Shango Baba Olugbala

Votes: 193

34. May in the Summer (2013)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

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 »

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Cherien Dabis, Alaadin Khasawneh, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf

Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Little White Lie (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A film about denial, race, family secrets and a search for identity.

Directors: Lacey Schwartz, James Adolphus

Votes: 384

36. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 8,653 | Gross: $1.19M

37. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,556 | Gross: $14.82M

38. Bride & Prejudice (2004)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

55 Metascore

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher

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 »

Director: Adaora Nwandu | Stars: Daniel Parsons, Adedamola Adelaja, Tamsin Clarke, Geoffrey Aymer

Votes: 199

40. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Michael Kenneth Williams, Queen Latifah, Bryan Greenberg

Votes: 3,409

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.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Preity Zinta, Gick Grewal, Vansh Bhardwaj, Geetika Sharma

Votes: 791