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#OscarsSoWhite – Watch 100 films made by #POC
Creed dir. Ryan Coogler 2015

Creed dir. Ryan Coogler 2015

#AllWhiteOscar was a hashtag in 2015 because of the snubs to films made by and about People of Color (POC).

The Oscar nominations have been announced, and again and history repeats itself with #OscarsSoWhite as the hashtag for 2016. My hope is that Chris Rock launches a blistering comedic routine when he hosts this years ceremony.

How can we all be positive about this?

We can do something that is in our control right now and watch films made by POC. We can protest AS WELL AS support filmmakers by watching the work when it comes to our cinemas. We can demand the films are shown in cinemas/Netflix/TV. We can demand the work is easy to access. We can also share the filmmakers’ work on social media rather than helping Hollywood market their mainstream films on social media, when they already have huge PR budgets and media exposure anyway. Follow filmmakers on social media and engage with them and their work.

I made a quick list of feature length films both historical and contemporary, experimental and narrative, documentary and fiction. The list of POC filmmakers is intersectional and so includes women/men/and LGBTQ people. The films are not in any particular order of quality or importance. Please also check out the other films made by the filmmakers as well. Please do add more films in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts on the list. :-)

  1. Creed 2015 dir. Ryan Coogler
  2. Selma 2014 dir. Ava DuVernay
  3. Dry White Season 1989 dir. Euzhan Palcy
  4. The Watermelon Woman 1996 dir Cheryl Dunye
  5. Daughters of the Dust 1991  dir.Julie Dash
  6. Go Fish 1994 dir. Rose Troche
  7. Beasts of No Nation 2015 dir Cary Joji Fukunaga
  8. Bend it Like Beckham 2002 dir. Gurinder Chadha
  9. Bessie 2015 dir. Dee Rees
  10. Yaaba 1989 dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo
  11. Stranger Inside 2001 dir. Cheryl Dunye
  12. Baldwin’s Nigger 1968 dir. Horace Ove
  13. Alma’s Rainbow 1994 dir. Ayoka Chenzira
  14. Car Wash 1976 dir. Michael Schultz
  15. Appropriate Behavior 2014 dir. Desiree Akhavan
  16. Shaft 1971 dir. Gordon Parks
  17. B for Boy 2013 dir. Chika Anadu
  18. Belle 2013 dir. Amma Asante
  19. Beyond the Lights 2014 dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
  20. Where Do We Go Now? 2011 dir. Nadine Labaki
  21. Circumstance 2011 dir. Maryam Keshavarz
  22. Eve’s Bayou 1997 dir. Kasi Lemmons
  23. Dear White People 2014  dir. Justin Simien
  24. Fire 1996 dir. Deepa Mehta
  25. Mississippi Masala 1991 dir. Mira Nair
  26. Gun Hill Road 2011 dir. Rashaad Ernesto Green
  27. Picture Bride 1994 dir.  Kayo Hatta
  28. Second Coming 2014 dir. Debbie Tucker Green
  29. Rue Cases-Negre/ Black Shack Alley 1983 dir. by Euzhan Palcy
  30. Half of a Yellow Sun 2013 dir. Biyi Bandele
  31. Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005 dir. Darnell Martin
  32. Something Necessary  2013 dir. Judy Kibinge
  33. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T 1992 dir. Leslie Harris
  34. Wadjda 2012 dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
  35. Yelling to the Sky 2011 dir. Victoria Mahoney
  36. The Wedding Banquet 1994 dir. Ang Lee
  37. A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde 1995 dir Michelle Parkerson
  38. Middle of Nowhere 2012 dir. Ava DuVernay
  39. Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl 1998 dir. by Joan Chen
  40. Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day 2012 dir.  Neema Barnette
  41. The Secret Life of Bees  2008 dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
  42. Set it Off 1996 dir. F Gary Gray
  43. Fruitvale Station 2013 dir. Ryan Coogler
  44. Black Girl 1966 dir Ousmane Sembene
  45. Fifty 2015 dir. Biyi Bandele
  46. I Like it Like That 1994 dir. Darnell Martin
  47. Facing Mirrors 2011 dir. Negar Azarbayjani
  48. The Kite 2003 dir. Randa Chahal Sabag
  49. Night Catches Us 2010 dir. Tanya Hamilton
  50. Ethan Mao 2004 dir. Quentin Lee
  51. Handsworth Songs dir. 1987 John Akomfrah
  52. Malcolm X 1992 dir. Spike Lee
  53. Still the Water 2014 dir. Naomi Kawase
  54. Something New 2006 dir. Sanaa Hamri
  55. Restless City 2011 dir Andrew Dosumnu
  56. Looking for Langston 1989 dir Isaac Julien
  57. I Will Follow 2010 dir. Ava DuVernay
  58. Viva Riva! 2010 dir. Djo Munga
  59. Necktie Youth 2015 dir. Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
  60. Vigilante – The Crossing 2015 dir. Marcia Weekes
  61. Saving Face 2004 dir. Alice Wu
  62. Elza 2011 dir. Mariette Montpierre
  63. Brokeback Mountain 2005 dir. Ang Lee
  64. Let’s Love Hong Kong 2002 dir. Yau Ching
  65. Mississippi Damned 2009 dir. Tina Mabry
  66. D.E.B.S 2004 dir Angela Robinson
  67. Kaddy Beykat 1976 dir. Safi Faye
  68. Children of God 2010 dir. Kareem Mortimer
  69. Treeless Mountain 2008 dir. So-yong Kim
  70. Margarita, With a Straw 2015 dir. Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar
  71. Big Gay Love 2013  dir. Ringo Le
  72. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2011 dir. Zoya Akhtar
  73. The Stuart Hall Project 2013 dir. John Akomfrah
  74. Tongues Untied 1989 dir. Marlon Riggs
  75. Drylongso 1998 dir. Cauleen Smith
  76. Double Happiness 1994 dir. Mina Shum
  77. Girlfight 2000 dir. Karyn Kusama
  78. Living With Pride – Ruth Ellis @ 100 1999 dir Yvonne Welbon
  79. Advantageous dir. 2015 Jennifer Phang
  80. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014 dir. Ana Lily Amirpour
  81. A Different Image dir. 1982 Alile Sharon Larkin
  82. Kingston Paradise 2012 dir Mary Wells
  83. Karmen Gei 2001 dir Joseph Gai Ramaka
  84. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One 1968 dir William Greaves
  85. Yeelen 1987 dir. Souleymane Cissé
  86. From a Whisper 2009 dir. Wanuri Kahiu
  87. Zamizanga 1972 dir. Sarah Maldoror
  88. Pariah 2011 dir. Dee Rees
  89. Alice Walker – Beauty in Truth 2013 dir. Pratibha Parmar
  90. The New Black 2013 dir Yoruba Richen
  91. Brother to Brother dir. 2004 Rodney Evans
  92. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song 1971 dir. Melvin Van Peebles
  93. Killer of Sheep 1978 dir Charles Burnett
  94. Boyz n The Hood 1991 dir John Singleton
  95. A Girl At My Door 2014 dir. July Jung
  96. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995  dir. Carl Franklin
  97. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 2015 dir. Stanley Nelson Jr
  98. Searching for Sugar Man 2012 dir. Malik Bendjelloul
  99. Gone Too Far 2013 dir. Destiny Ekaragha
  100. Our Homeland 2012 dir. Yong-hi Yang




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4 Responses to #OscarsSoWhite – Watch 100 films made by #POC

  1. Krissy says:

    Thanks for this list, and for the list you suggested when we met in London!
    You didn’t include “Stud Life.”
    And does co-directed/produced count? If so, then Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis might count.
    Was “U People” considered a full-length documentary?
    Thanks again

  2. Sarah Franklin says:

    What an incredible list, and by such an amazing filmmaker!

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