What to watch on Netflix, according to women crushing it in front of and behind the camera

What to watch on Netflix, according to women crushing it in front of and behind the camera image

As Hollywood works to incorporate more women in front of and behind the camera, Netflix has launched the category “Because She Watched” with UN Women. Because She Watched, launched ahead of International Women’s Day, features content created by and for women and is curated by entertainment powerhouses.

The collection consists of movies and TV shows that inspired women in entertainment around the world, including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Mindy Kaling, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa, and Ava DuVernay. The collection, which includes content that Netflix says “started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world” will be available to stream all year on Netflix.

Laverne Cox, who selected Brené Brown: The Call to Courage, a documentary about choosing courage over comfort, also noted the importance of Orange is the New Black for her career.

Orange Is the New Black is the first project where I felt genuinely empowered as a woman thanks to the woman at the helm of the show, Jenji Kohan, and the many women directors, writers, producers, and crew members as well as the stories that centered diverse women in an unprecedented way,” said Cox in a Netflix statement. “This show created a space and platform for me as a black openly trans woman that created space for other openly trans women of all races to be truly seen in the depth of our humanity.”

The theme of creating space was echoed by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia. 

“This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity” said Bhatia. “It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind the camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish.”

Here are the curated shows and movies, including the women who nominated them. (Foreign language titles have been translated to their U.S. titles if available in the U.S.; not all of the below seem to be.)

Alejandra Azcárate – Locked Up

Alice WuFrances Ha

Andrea Barata RibeiroSex Education

Anna Winger Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ava DuVernay – A Wrinkle in Time

Barbara Lopez  – Scandal 

Beren SaatBird Box

Bruna Mascarenhas Quien Te Cantará

Cecilia Suárez –  Marriage Story

Chris Nee – Orange is the New Black

Christian SerratosThe Goop Lab 

Cindy Bishop – Anne with an E

Elena Fortes Atlantics

Esther AceboChef’s Table: Bo Songvisava 

Fadily CamaraHow to Get Away with Murder

Fanny HerreroJe Parle Toute Seule

Fatimah Abu Bakar – Babies

Francesca Comencini – What Happened, Miss Simone?

Giovanna EwbankMost Beautiful Thing

Hanna Ardéhn – Silence of the Lambs

Hazar ErgucluHouse of Cards

Hend SabryJoan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Ida Elise Broch – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Janet Mock Paris Is Burning

Joyce Cheng – Queer Eye

Juliana Vicente – When They See Us

Kemi Adetiba – King of Boys 

Kiara AdvaniLust Stories

Lali Espósito – Notting Hill

Lana CondorGrace and Frankie

Lauren Morelli  – Julie & Julia

Laurie Nunn  – The Keepers

Laverne Cox  – Brené Brown: The Call to Courage

Liz GarbusShe’s Gotta Have It

Logan Browning Someone Great 

Lynn Fainchtein2001: Space Odyssey

Marcela BenjumeaDead to Me

Mercedes MoránAquarius

Mika NinagawaIn the Realm of the Senses

Millie Bobby BrownMiss Americana

Mina El HammaniWhat the F*ck is Going on?

Mindy Kaling Chewing Gum

Mira Lesmana  – ROMA

Mithila PalkarHannah Gadsby’s Nanette

Nahnatchka KhanYoung Adult

Ngô Thanh VânWonder Woman

Nosipho DumisaGravity 

Pathy DejesusRaising Dion

Paulina GarciaDeux Jours, Une Nuit 

Petra CostaFeminists: What Were They Thinking?

Salma HayekUnbelievable

Sandi TanRussian Doll

Shefali Shah Delhi Crime

Sophia Loren – The Crown

Yalitza Aparicio – Knock Down the House

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