Now playing in the FLC Virtual Cinema, Mounia Meddour’s powerful directorial debut Papicha—a New York Times Critic’s Pick —is an unflinching story of resistance and resilience during the Algerian Civil War, earning Meddour the 2020 Academy Gold Fellowship Award for Women. To celebrate the film and continue our series of online community conversations, we asked movie lovers on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share their favorite films by female directors. 

The results exemplify the extraordinary creativity, diversity, and essential perspectives that female directors bring to the landscape of the moving image. Your contributions include boundary-pushing works by Agnès Varda, Mati Diop, Claire Denis, Ava DuVernay, Jane Campion, Chantal Akerman, Germaine Dulac, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Sofia Coppola, Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig, Ida Lupino, Lucrecia Martel, Lynn Shelton, Mia Hansen-Løve, Céline Sciamma, Elaine May, Eliza Hittman, Kelly Reichardt, Sylvia Chang, Alice Rohrwacher, Shirley Clarke, Joanna Hogg, and many more. Thanks to everyone who contributed—and if you’re looking to continue the conversation, check out our playlist of female filmmaker masterclasses at Film at Lincoln Center.

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Do you have more suggestions to add to the list? Share with us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook, and stay tuned for more conversations on cinema.