Female Directors of Color

Desiree Akhavan
Desiree Akhavan

Director credits: Adam (2017) The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2017) Appropriate Behavior (2014) Nose Job (2010)

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Akhtar, Zoya
Akhtar, Zoya

Director credits: Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) Bombay Talkies (2013) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) Luck by Chance (2009)

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Al Mansour, Haifaa
Al Mansour, Haifaa

Director credits: Mary Shelley (2017) Wadjda (2012)

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Allen, Debbie
Allen, Debbie

Director credits: TV: Grey's Anatomy, Insecure, Scandal, Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, All of Us, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, A Different World, Fame

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Anadu, Chika
Anadu, Chika

Director credits: B for Boy (2013) Ava (2010) Epilogue (2009)

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Anderson, Madeline
Anderson, Madeline

Director credits: The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1975) I Am Somebody (1970) Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist? (1967) The Cool World (1964) Integration Report One (1960)

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Anderson, Vashti
Anderson, Vashti

Director credits: Moko Jumbie (2017) Jeffrey's Calypso (2005) Zara Mirage (2002)

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Angelou, Maya (1928-2014)
Angelou, Maya (1928-2014)

Director credits: Down in the Delta (1998)

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Asante, Amma
Asante, Amma

Director credits: A Way of Life (2004) Belle (2013) A United Kingdom (2016) Where Hands Touch (2017)

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Barnette, Neema
Barnette, Neema

Director credits: TV: Being Mary Jane, Queen Sugar Civil Brand (2002) Run For the Dream - The Gail Devers Story (1996) The Cosby Show A Different World

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Bassett, Angela
Bassett, Angela

Director credits: TV: American Horror Story Whitney (2015)

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Benson, Lillian
Benson, Lillian

Director credits: Amen: The Life and Music of Jester Hairston (2013) All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11 (2004)

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Bodomo, Frances
Bodomo, Frances

Director credits: Sonnambula (2009) Afronauts (2014) Boneshaker (2013)

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Bravo, Janicza
Bravo, Janicza

Director credits: Divorce, Atlanta, Lemon (2017) Man Rots from the Head (2016) Woman in Deep (2016) Hard World for Small Things (2016) Gregory Go Boom Eat (2013)

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Cardoso, Patricia
Cardoso, Patricia

Director credits: La Clave (2016) Deep Blue Breath (2011) Real Women Have Curves (2002) The Water Carrier (1996) El reino de los cielos (1994)

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Chadha, Gurinder
Chadha, Gurinder

Director credits: Viceroy's House (2017) It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) Paris, je t'aime (2006) Bride & Prejudice (2004) Bend It Like Beckham (2002) What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? (1994) Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

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Chen, Joan
Chen, Joan

Director credits: Shanghai Strangers (2012) Autumn in New York (2000) Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

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Chenzira, Ayoka
Chenzira, Ayoka

Director credits: Alma's Rainbow (1994) Zajota and the Boogie Spirit (1989) The Lure and the Lore (1988) Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People (1984) Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum (1979)

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Collins, Kathleen (1942-1988)
Collins, Kathleen (1942-1988)

Director credits: Losing Ground (1982) The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy (1980)

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Cunningham, Marta
Cunningham, Marta

Director credits: Claws, Insecure, Pretty Little Liars, Imposters, The Good Fight, Transparent, Valentine Road (2013)

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Dash, Julie
Dash, Julie

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Daughters of the Dust (1991) SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997) Funny Valentines (1999) Incognito (1999) Love Song (2000) The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

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Davis, Zeinabu Irene
Davis, Zeinabu Irene

Director credits: Filmstatement (1982) Re-creating Black Women's Media Image (1983) Crocodile Conspiracy (1986) Sweet Bird of Youth (1987) Cycles (1989) Trumpetistically Clora Bryant (1989) A Period Piece (1991) A Powerful Thang (1991) Mother of the River (1995) Compensation (1999) Passengers (2009) Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA (2011)

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Derakhshandeh, Pouran
Derakhshandeh, Pouran

Director credits: Under the Smoky Roof (2017) Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (2013) Roya-ye khis (2005) A Candle in the Wind (2004)

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Diallo, Mariama
Diallo, Mariama

Hair Wolf (2018) Sketch (2017)

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Djansi, Leila
Djansi, Leila

Director credits: Ties That Bind (2011) Where Children Play (2015) Like Cotton Twines (2016)

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Dunye, Cheryl
Dunye, Cheryl

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Black is Blue (2018) The Owls (2010) Stranger Inside (2001) The Watermelon Woman (1996)

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DuVernay, Ava
DuVernay, Ava

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar A Wrinkle in Time (2018) 13th (2016) Selma (2014) Middle of Nowhere (2012) I Will Follow (2010) This Is the Life (2008)

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Farrokhzad, Forugh (1935-1967)
Farrokhzad, Forugh (1935-1967)

Director credit: The House is Black (1963)

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Garnett, Shailene
Garnett, Shailene

Director: Godspeed (2016) 77 Days (2016)

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Gist, Eloyce King Patrick (1892-1974
Gist, Eloyce King Patrick (1892-1974

Director credits: Verdict Not Guilty (1930) Hell Bound Train (1929)

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Gómez, Sara
Gómez, Sara

Director credits: One Way or Another (1977) Una isla para Miguel (1968) ...y tenemos sabor (1967) Guanabacoa: Crónica de mi familia (1966)

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Govan, Maria
Govan, Maria

Director credits: Play the Devil (2016) Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962 (2012) Rain (2008)

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Green, Debbie Tucker
Green, Debbie Tucker

Director credits: Second Coming (2014) Heat (2009)

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Guerrero, Aurora
Guerrero, Aurora

Director credits: TV: Queen Sugar Mosquita y Mari (2012) Pandora's (2008) Viernes girl (2005) Pura Lengua (2005)

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Hamilton, LisaGay
Hamilton, LisaGay

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)

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Hamilton, Tanya
Hamilton, Tanya

TV: Famous in Love, Queen Sugar, American Crime, Greenleaf Film: The Killers (1995) Night Catches Us (2010)

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Hamri, Sanaa
Hamri, Sanaa

TV: Empire, Shameless, Elementary, Nashville Film: Just Wright (2010) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2008) Something New (2006)

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Harris, Leslie
Harris, Leslie

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992) Bessie Coleman's Dream to Fly (1993)

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Hatta, Kayo
Hatta, Kayo

Hug (2006) Fishbowl (2005) Picture Bride (1994)

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Houston, Dianne
Houston, Dianne

Film: Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (2017) Runaway Island (2015) Tuesday Morning Ride (1995) TV: Single Ladies, Crossing Jordan, Soul Food, NYPD Blue

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Hurston, Zora Neale
Hurston, Zora Neale

Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) Baptism (1929) Children Games (1928) Logging (1928)

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Jefferson, Nailah
Jefferson, Nailah

Plaquemines (2016) Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache (2014)

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Jusu, Nikyatu
Jusu, Nikyatu

Flowers (2015) Black Swan Theory (2011) Say Grace Before Drowning (2010) African Booty Scratcher (2007)

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Kaur, Valarie
Kaur, Valarie

The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison (2012) Alienation (2011)

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Kawase, Naomi
Kawase, Naomi

Radiance (2017) Seed (2016) Sweet Bean (2015) Still the Water (2014) Chiri (2012) The Mourning Forest (2007) Suzaku (1997)

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Keshavarz, Maryam
Keshavarz, Maryam

TV: Queen Sugar Film: Circumstance (2011) The Day I Died (2006) Not For Sale (2006) Rangeh eshgh (2004)

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Kibinge, Judy
Kibinge, Judy

Something Necessary (2013) Project Daddy (2004) Dangerous Affair (2002)

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Kim, So Yong
Kim, So Yong

TV: Room 104, The Good Fight, American Crime, Transparent, Queen Sugar Film: Lovesong (2016) For Ellen (2012) Treeless Mountain (2008) In Between Days (2006)

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King, Regina
King, Regina

TV: Shameless, Greenleaf, Scandal, Being Mary Jane, Southland

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Kusama, Karyn
Kusama, Karyn

TV: Halt and Catch Fire, Billions, XX, The Man in the High Castle, Masters of Sex, Chicago Fire, The L Word Film: Invitation (2015) Æon Flux (2005) Girlfight (2000)

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Labaki, Nadine
Labaki, Nadine

Rio, I Love You (2014) Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Caramel (2007)

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Larkin, Alile Sharon
Larkin, Alile Sharon

Dreadlocks and the Three Bears (1991) Miss Fluci Moses (1987) A Different Image (1982) Your Children Come Back to You (1979)

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Lee Sook-Yin
Lee Sook-Yin

Octavio is Dead (2017) Whispers and Shoulders (2015) Year of the Carnivore (2009) Unlocked (2005)

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Lemmons, Kasi
Lemmons, Kasi

TV: Shots Fired Film: Black Nativity (2013) Talk to Me (2007) Eve's Bayou (1997)

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Likké, Nnegest
Likké, Nnegest

Everything But a Man (2017) Ben & Ara (2015) Phat Girlz (2006)

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Lucas, Halima
Lucas, Halima

Amelia's Closet (2016) The Discovery of Dit Dodson (2016) Jean (2014) It Happens (2013)

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Lynch, Shola
Lynch, Shola

We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014) Imagine a Future (2013) Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012) Angela Davis: Le Combat Continue (2010) Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

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Mabry, Tina
Mabry, Tina

TV: Insecure, Queen Sugar, Dear White People, Scandal, Queen of the South Film: An American Girl Story-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (2016) Mississippi Damned (2009)

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Mahoney, Victoria
Mahoney, Victoria

TV: Power, Claws, Gypsy, Queen Sugar, American Crime, Grey's Anatomy Film: Yelling to the Sky (2011)

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Maple, Jessie
Maple, Jessie

Twice as Nice (1989) Will (1981)

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Martin, Darnell
Martin, Darnell

The Lost Valentine (2011) Cadillac Records (2008) Their Eyes Were Watching God (2008)

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Matsoukas, Melina
Matsoukas, Melina

TV: Insecure, Master of None Beyoncé: All Night (2016) Beyoncé: Formation (2016) Jay-Z Feat. Beyoncé: Part II - On the Run (2014) Beyoncé: Pretty Hurts (2013)

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Mehta, Deepa
Mehta, Deepa

Anatomy of Violence (2016) Beeba Boys (2015) Midnight's Children (2012) Heaven on Earth (2008) Water (2005) Earth (1998) Fire (1996)

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Mohl, Valerie Red-Horse
Mohl, Valerie Red-Horse

Mankiller (2017)

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Monpierre, Mariette
Monpierre, Mariette

Elza (2011) Paris la métisse (2005)

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Mu’min, Nijla
Mu’min, Nijla

Jinn (2017) Dream (2015) Deluge (2014) Jessica's Mom (or the Science of Triangles) (2012) Two Bodies (2011)

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Nair, Mira
Nair, Mira

Queen of Katwe (2016) New York, I Love You (2008) The Namesake (2006) Monsoon Wedding (2001) Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) Mississippi Masala (1991) Salaam Bombay! (1988)

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Nguvu, Nefertite
Nguvu, Nefertite

In the Morning (2014) The End of Winter (2009) I Want You (2007)

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Omawale, Tchaiko
Omawale, Tchaiko

Solace (2017) America's Shadows: HIV Risk in Black & Latino Youth (2008)

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Palcy, Euzhan
Palcy, Euzhan

The Killing Yard (2001) Ruby Bridges (1998) A Dry White Season (1989) Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Rue Cases Negres (1983)

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Pendharkar, Leena
Pendharkar, Leena

20 Weeks (2017) Dandekar Makes a Sandwich (2015) Mother at Work! (2015) Yes! The Perfect Boyfriend! (2013) Raspberry Magic (2010)

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Phang, Jennifer
Phang, Jennifer

TV: Major Crimes, The Exorcist Film: Advantageous (2015) Half-Life (2008) Love, Ltd. (2000)

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Prince-Bythewood, Gina
Prince-Bythewood, Gina

TV: Shots Fired, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show Film: Beyond the Lights (2014) The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Disappearing Acts (2000) Love and Basketball (2000)

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Reddy, Nandini
Reddy, Nandini

Kalyana Vaibhogame (2016) Dum dum pee pee (2013) Jabardasth (2013) Ala Modalaindi (2011)

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Rees, Dee
Rees, Dee

TV: Empire Film: Mudbound (2017) Bessie (2015) Pariah (2011)

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Rhimes, Shonda
Rhimes, Shonda

Blossoms and Veils (1998)

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Richardson-Whitfield, Salli
Richardson-Whitfield, Salli

TV: Scandal, Rebel, Underground, Queen Sugar, Shadowhunters

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Riggen, Patricia
Riggen, Patricia

TV: Jack Ryan Film: Miracles From Heaven (2016) The 33 (2015) Girl in Progress (2012) Revolución (2010) Under the Same Moon (2007) Family Portrait (2004)

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Riley Draper, Deborah
Riley Draper, Deborah

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016) Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012)

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Rivas, Marialy
Rivas, Marialy

Princesita (2015) Young and Wild (2012) Blocks (2010) Smog (2000)

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Robinson, Angela
Robinson, Angela

TV: True Blood, The L Word Film: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) D.E.B.S. (2004)

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Sabag, Randa Chahal
Sabag, Randa Chahal

The Kite (2003) A Civilized People (1999) Nos guerres imprudentes (1995) Écrans de sable (1991)

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Shelton, Millicent
Shelton, Millicent

White Famous, Supergirl, Empire, Shots Fired, Scandal, Rosewood, The Flash, Black-ish, Survivor's Remorse, The Originals, American Crime, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends

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Shum, Mina
Shum, Mina

Meditation Park (2017) Ninth Floor (2015) I Saw You (2013) All (2011) Long Life Happiness & Prosperity (2002) Double Happiness (1994) Me, Mom and Mona (1993)

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Smith, Cauleen
Smith, Cauleen

Drylongso (1998) Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (1992) Daily Rains (1990)

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Solomon, Frances-Anne
Solomon, Frances-Anne

Hero (2017) A Winter Tale (2007) Literature Alive (2005-2006) Lord Have Mercy! (2003-2004) What My Mother Told Me (1995) Bideshi (1995)

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Speaks, Avril
Speaks, Avril

Class Picture (2014) Defining Moments (2007) Sophisticated Romance (2007) The Round Table (2006) Soul Connection (2001)

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Stewart, Nzingha
Stewart, Nzingha

TV: Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Major Crimes, Pretty Little Liars, The Game Film: Love by the 10th Date (2017) With This Ring (2015)

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Swan, Alison
Swan, Alison

Mixing Nia (1998) Compañera (1993)

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Swanson, Christine
Swanson, Christine

BlacKorea (2017) Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016) For the Love of Ruth (2015) Six Weeks (2012) All About Us (2007) All About You (2001) Two Seasons (2000)

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Tandan, Loveleen
Tandan, Loveleen

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Monson Wedding (2001)

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Tlatli, Moufida
Tlatli, Moufida

Nadia et Sarra (2004) The Season of Men (2000) The Silences of the Palace (1994)

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Townes, Kimberly
Townes, Kimberly

Hands to the Sky Catch Them & They're Yours (2017) Zero (2012) Planting Hope (2010) How to Become a Pretty Girl (2008)

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Turner, Christine
Turner, Christine

Hold On (2017) You Can Go (2017) Homegoings (2013)

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Vallot, Delila
Vallot, Delila

The Mighty Ground (2017) Can You Dig This (2015) Tunnel Vision (2013)

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Vir, Arun K.
Vir, Arun K.

Reset (2015) The Last Weekend (1998)

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Welbon, Yvonne
Welbon, Yvonne

Sisters in Cinema (2003) Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 (1999) Monique (1992)

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Wright, Tanya
Wright, Tanya

Butterfly Rising (2010)

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Wu, Alice
Wu, Alice

Saving Face (2004)

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Youssef, Susan
Youssef, Susan

Habibi Rasak Kharban (2011) West Fingerboard Road (2010) Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf (2006)

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