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“Aspiring directors and young film buffs will be inspired by the 15 women directors featured in this Women of Power series title. The book is divided into sections: “The Pioneer Generation” includes the barrier-breaking Jane Campion and Kathryn Bigelow. Ava DuVernay and Regina King are included in “Striving for Diversity: Generation X Directors,” while Chloé Zhao, Greta Gerwig, and Issa Rae are among those in the “Young Stars in a Global Film Industry” section. Several immigrated to the U.S. from Communist-led countries, and many encountered racism and homophobia, although some struggled more than others. The book explores their respective dedication to helping other women succeed in a profession where women, especially BIPOC and LGBTQ people, are still underrepresented. While there are no photos or illustrations, numerous text boxes contain contextual supplemental information (on, for example, female directors/actors, and societal and historical events). An appealing look at some of today’s best-known women filmmakers. Back matter contains a selected filmography and endnotes.”

Sharon Rawlins


Women of Power Series #5

Film Makers:
15 Groundbreaking Women Directors

Young Adult Non-Fiction
by Lyn Miller-Lachmann and Tanisia “Tee” Moore

In Hollywood, women don’t have to be in front of the cameras to shine.

Each of the 15 women profiled in Film Makers share a common trait: she is, as Shonda Rhimes says, “First. Only. Different.”

These phenomenal women have entered into the film and television industry often being the first woman at a prestigious film school, the first woman to win an award usually given to their male counterparts, or even the first BIPOC to be nominated as—and win—best director at the Academy Awards.

While their resumes are impressive, it is how they live their lives that has made a greater impact in the communities they serve.

Publication date: September 6, 2022


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