As participants in the 2017 NEH Summer Institute on North African Women’s Voices, we are part of a larger effort to recover women’s ongoing contribution to history and the arts. Film is an important aspect of women’s cultural production in North Africa. Although some directors of North African origins have gained international prestige, female directors from the region face dual discrimination.We strive to draw your attention to extraordinary directors from North Africa who identify as women. Generally, their films demonstrate a unique interest in the challenges of women in these regions, while reminding us of our similar struggles for equality and recognition. We learn and empathize through their variety of approaches. Because many and most of North African directors study and seek funding abroad, an element of transnationalism is part and parcel of what we discuss as North African cinema. For this reason, it is difficult to make a statistical reading of gender in the vast web of the North African film industry. We invite you to explore the innovative directors/ and films we have shortlisted for you that expose the fascinating history and geography of Northern Africa, through a woman’s lens.The contributors to this list are Carrie Walker (Concordia University Portland), Nicole Wallenbrock (University of Tennessee Knoxville), and Michelle Diane Wright (Community College of Baltimore County).
ADDITIONAL NORTH AFRICAN FEMALE FILMMAKERS OF NOTE