Feature Films Directed by African American Women


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Historical Timeline of Feature Films Directed by African American Women

1922-1961  |  1981-82  |  1989  |  1990  |  1991  |  1992  |  1993  |  1994  |  1995  |  1996

1997  |  1998  |  1999  |  2000  |  2001  |  2002  |  2003  |  2004  |  2005  |  2006  |  2007

NOTE: Films marked with* were directed in America by women of African descent.
Timeline Compiled by
Yvonne Welbon

1922-1961

1922

A Woman's Error - Directed by Tressie Souders
Considered the first film to be directed by a black woman in the United States.

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1923

Flames of Wrath - Directed by Maria P. Williams
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1981-1982

1981

Othello - Directed by Liz White
The film was shot between 1962 and 1966, but it wasn't completed and screened until 1980.
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1981

Will - Directed by Jessie Maple
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1982

Losing Ground - Directed by Kathleen Collins Prettyman
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1989

Twice as Nice - Directed by Jessie Maple
The first African American woman to direct two feature films.
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Leola: Love Your Mama - Directed by Ruby Oliver
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From Rags to Reality - Directed by Joy Shannon/Joy S'hani Ache
The first feature by an African American woman to receive a home video release. The name of the film was changed to Uptown Angel for the video release.
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A Dry White Season - Directed by Euzhan Palcy
The French director from Martinique became the first women of African descent to direct a feature film produced by a major Hollywood studio.
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1990

Trouble I've Seen - Directed by Heather Foxworth, M.D.


The Three Mustakels - Directed by Romell Foster-Owens


1991

Daughters of the Dust - Directed by Julie Dash
The first feature directed by an African American woman to receive national theatrical distribution.
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1992

Alma's Rainbow - Directed by Ayoka Chenzira
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Kiss Grandmama Goodbye - Directed by Debra Robinson

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1993

Just Another Girl on the IRT - Directed by Leslie Harris
Distributed by Miramax it is the first feature by an African American woman to be distributed by a major theatrical distributor.
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The Gifted - Directed by Audrey Lewis
The first sci-fi feature by an African American woman.
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1994

I Like It Like That - Directed by Darnell Martin
The first African African American woman to direct a feature film produced by a major Hollywood studio.
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1995

Out of Sync - Directed by Debbie Allen
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Naked Acts - Directed by Bridgett Davis
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The Promised Land - Directed by Monika Harris


Medipaid Queens - Directed by Karen Stone, M.D.

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1996

Girlfriends - Directed by Marlies Carruth


The Watermelon Woman - Directed by Cheryl Dunye
The first feature film directed by an "out" African American lesbian about African American lesbians.

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1997

Eve's Bayou - Directed by Kasi Lemmons
The top grossing independent film of 1997.
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Black & White & Red All Over
Directed by DeMane Davis (and Khari Streeter)
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1998

Down in the Delta - Directed by Maya Angelou
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Let's Talk About Sex - Directed by Troy Beyer
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Nandi - Directed by Peggy Hayes
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State of Mind - Directed by Yvette Plummer
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Ride - Directed by Millicent Shelton
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Drylongso (Ordinary) - Directed by Cauleen Smith
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Mixing Nia - Directed by Alison Swan
The Bermuda native's first feature, is shot in New York city.
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1999

Compensation - Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis
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Del Otro Lado (The Other Side) - Directed by C.A. Griffith

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2000

Gotta Git My Hair Did - Directed by Coquie Hughes
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Love and Basketball - Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
The top grossing film directed by an African American woman director. ($25 million).
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2001

30 Years to Life - Directed by Vanessa Middleton
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All About You - Directed by Christine Swanson


All that Jazzin - Directed by Joy S'hani Ache
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The Caveman's Valentine - Directed by Kasi Lemmons
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Hell's Most Wanted - Directed by Coquie Hughes
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Lift - Directed by DeMane Davis (and Khari Streeter)
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Prison Song - Directed by Darnell Martin
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The Right Girl - Directed by Theresa Brown


Stranger Inside - Directed by Cheryl Dunye
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Sweetiecakes - Directed by Geretta/Geretta

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2002

Civil Brand - Directed by Neema Barnette
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Kali's Vibe - Directed by Shari Carpenter
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If I Wuz Yo Gyrl - Directed by Coquie Hughes
First African American woman to direct three independent feature films.



2003

Love Don't Cost A Thing - Directed by Troy Beyer


My Baby's Daddy - Directed by Cheryl Dunye
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2004

Black Aura on an Angel - Directed by Faith Trimel


Daughters of the Concrete - Directed by Coquie Hughes
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2005

D.E.B.S. - Directed by Angela Robinson


Herbie Fully Loaded - Directed by Angela Robinson

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2006

Phat Girlz - Directed by Nnegest Likke


Reunion - Directed by Shelia Norman


Something New - Directed by Sanaa Hamri

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2007

Clarksdale - Directed by Christine Swanson


If I'd Known I was a Genius - Directed by Dominique Wirtschafter


Talk to Me - Directed by Kasi Lemmons


The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks - Directed by Jennifer Sharp


Whitepaddy - Directed by Geretta/Geretta


Within - Directed by Hanellee Culpepper

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

The author regrets any omissions or errors.
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