The year 2017 might have been a raging dumpster fire in terms of politics, the environment, and everything surrounding the Harvey Weinstein scandal (except for some totally woke factors of its fallout), but it was a good year for both retreating into nostalgia and watching killer shows and movies—especially ones directed by women. Wonder Woman shattered world records, Ladybird has been the topic of half of my conversations lately, and the internet was pretty much dominated by the badass women of Orange Is the New Black.
So deservedly, women in film are having a field day with this year’s just-announced Academy Award nominations; Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film and its actors have been nominated for five awards alone. USA Today notes that Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for cinematography, for her work on Mudbound, and women are generally better-represented in categories that aren’t separated by gender than they was the case in many previous years.
In celebration of women today and every day, here are some of stellar female-directed flicks you can stream on Netflix now for some lady-power inspo.
Queue up your Netflix session with the 5 female-directed movies below.
1. Girlhood: Director Céline Sciamma
A coming-of-age story set in the outskirts of Paris, Girlhood (2014) follows Marieme as she tries to navigate adulthood after joining a local girl gang. The film was screened at Cannes Film Festival and received César Awards nominations (France’s national film awards).
2. Middle of Nowhere: Director Ava DuVernay
A national treasure and the director behind Selma and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time (AKA the movie uniting Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon), DuVernay directed this movie about a woman forced to reconsider her romantic prospects when her husband receives an eight-year prison sentence.
3. What Happened, Miss Simone?: Director Liz Garbus
Nominated for a handful Emmys, a Grammy, and an Academy Award, among other accolades, this exclusive-to-Netflix documentary combines previously unseen found footage with talking-head interviews to create an immersive and detailed portrait of Nina Simone, a prolific artist and activist who broke barriers and whose story continues to inspire.
4. Welcome to Me: Director Shira Piven
The premise of this flick is so on-the-nose–relatable, it almost hurts. If I were to the win the lottery tomorrow, I, too, would use my newfound resources to star in my own talk show.
5. The Wolfpack: Director Crystal Moselle
In one of those stranger-than-fiction situations, for this doc, Moselle discovers that a group of six brothers in Manhattan spent most of their lives locked inside their four-bedroom apartment. The siblings learn about society through movies, which they are also fond of reenacting. And Moselle finds the boys during a pivotal moment: When they begin to explore the outside world.
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