8 Amazing Black Female Directors Who Have Established A Respectable Career Behind The Camera

In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Ava DuVernay, writer/director of the film "Middle of Nowhere," poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey has repeatedly told her 14 million Twitter followers about DuVernay's latest film, ìMiddle of Nowhere,î which expands to 14 more cities Friday, Oct. 19, after opening in six theaters last week. She described the film as ìpowerful and poetic.î (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CAENT399

Ava DuVernay 

Notable Works: Selma (2014)Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Impact: Before getting into the director’s chair, she was a publicist for TV and movies and has 100 credits to her name. Some of the films she worked on included Michael Mann’s Collateral (2004) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). DuVernay is the first Black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on Selma. The director also is in talks to direct a future Marvel film.


Amma AsanteAmma Asante

Notable Works: Belle (2013)

Impact: Asante began her career in the British entertainment industry as a child actor. She began writing and directing in the 2000s, and her film Belle made her a standout in an all-male and mostly white industry. She won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for her 2004 breakout film A Way of Life.