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Welcome to the first Black Women Directors newsletter of 2022. In a way, we are now in May, which means we are already almost halfway through 2022, which turned out to be a mountain a year’s emotional Russian for a multitude of reasons. time is running out from us for real. Either way, there’s a lot of news related to black female directors, so let’s get to it:

NANNYNikyatu Jusu’s haunting and lavishly photographed horror film about motherhood, immigration, cultural clashes and the pain of starting over in another country, debuted at Sundance earlier this year – and scooped the GRAND PRIZE OF THE JURY. NANNY has a distribution agreement through Blumhouse and Amazon; I can’t wait for this movie to have a wider release. Its star, Anna Diop, has a radiant and irresistible presence.

Master, an atmospheric horror film about the psychological terror inflicted on black women at a fictional Ivy League school in the Northeast starring Regina Hall and Zoe Renee (from jinn fame) also debuted at Sundance earlier this year and was purchased and released by Amazon. Its director, Mariama Diallo, also directed the campy horror short Wolf Hairthat you can watch here.

Another Sundance debut that also featured Regina Hall, Honk for Jesus, save your soul will air on the Peacock streaming channel over Labor Day weekend. The film, which was directed by Adamma and Adanne Ebo, also stars Sterling K. Brown as a disgraced mega-church pastor who, along with his (overly) devoted wife (Hall), works to rebuild their reputation while competing with the pastors of another mega-church. I love a good social satire and this one had me laughing out loud for many moments.

Nijla Mu’min’s beautiful and sensitive coming-of-age film, jinnis currently available to stream on the Criterion Channel, so get started right away.

Numa Perrier directed the romantic comedy The perfect find starring Gabrielle Union and Keith Powers for Netflix, keep your eyes peeled for a release date and trailer soon, which should arrive later this year.

And even if it’s not movies, I hope you’ve watched shows created by black women like Abbott Elementary School, the hilarious and heartwarming sitcom about Philadelphia public school teachers created by and starring Quinta Brunson. It also stars Tyler James Williams, Janelle James and the legendary Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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