spinstrs film club: made by WoC

This list will be updated as more people send in suggestions but I wanted to put something out fairly quickly. 

Discussions etc will be happening in #spinstrs.

See clavisa’s list for books by Women of Colour.

A disorganised list of films directed by Women of Colour and recommended by various parties that I am planning to watch:

  • Selma directed by Ava DuVernay
  • Belle directed by Amma Asante (many recs)
  • Wadjda directed by Haifaa al-Mansour (many recs)
  • Pariah directed by Dee Rees (recommended by jilbyforever​ who hasn’t seen it yet)
  • Fire directed by Deepa Mehta (recommended by anonsally)
  • Appropriate Behaviour directed by Desiree Akhavan (recommended by flightofthelbd​)

  • tbd, directed by Kasi Lemmons (has anyone seen her movies?)
  • tbd, directed by Karyn Kusama (has anyone seen her movies?)
  • tbd, directed by Mira Nair (has anyone seen her movies?)
  • tbd, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (has anyone seen her movies?)

Films by WoC that I have seen and recommend:

  • Bran Nue Dae directed by Rachel Perkins
  • Bend it like Beckham directed by Gurinder Chadha

A (currently) very short list of films about, but not directed by, Women of Colour:

  • The Sapphires featuring Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy and directed by Wayne Blair, an Indigenous Australian (Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka) man. (I’ve seen this. It’s great.)

Watching movies by WoC

Inspired by clavisa’s book list and my own growing awareness (mostly thanks to yulinkuang) that female directors have a tough time getting recognised by mainstream movie studios. (Okay so mostly I just wanted to submit Bran Nue Dae to clavisa’s book list but I don’t want her to have too much work to do…)

So! Submit movies to me! As with clavisa’s list, movies made by non-binary PoC are also welcome. (I am also considering making a list for movies by white women as well? idk, I feel like I watch very few movies by women at all.)

I get that making movies is kind of different to writing books in that you have a bunch more people involved in the movie. My main thought was this being for directors but let me know what you think.

Please send suggestions from any and all genres (though I will probably not watch any horror/thrillers, other people might want the recs anyway) and I’ll make a list sometime soonish.

So far my list only has:

(which I have already seen and can highly recommend).