Happy International Women’s Day! Netflix has a lot in store for the women out there on March 8.
What even greater is that Netflix announced its partnership with UN Women for the launch of the latest collection of series, documentaries, and films – Because She Watched, celebrating the stories of women.
The collection is not only on that day but will be throughout the year and is curated by different female creators in the industry of filmmaking.
These women submitted titles that inspired them and helped them honor the official theme of 2020’s International Women’s Day: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”
According to the deputy executive director of UN Women Anita Bhatia, this collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity.
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.
Founder of the US Annenberg Inclusion Initiative said in a statement “TV and film have the power to reflect and shape popular culture, which is why we believe it’s so important that more people see their lives reflected in storytelling.
Our research has shown that inclusion behind the camera leads to greater inclusion on screen.
We’re encouraged that last year, 20 percent of the directors of Netflix’s original films were women and we are excited to celebrate these female creators on International Women’s Day.
There’s still more to do to reach equality, but by recognizing female talent from around the world, we hope more women will feel encouraged to tell their stories, pushing that number even higher.”
Below is a list of the women who helped curate the collection:
Alejandra Azcárate (Colombia): Vis a Vis
Alice Wu (United States): Frances Ha
Andrea Barata Ribeiro (Brazil): Sex Education
Anna Winger (Germany): Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ava DuVernay (United States): A Wrinkle in Time
Barbara Lopez (Mexico): Scandal
Beren Saat (Turkey): Bird Box
Bruna Mascarenhas (Brazil): Quien te cantará
Cecilia Suárez (Mexico): Marriage Story
Chris Nee (United States): Orange Is the New Black
Christian Serratos (United States): The Goop Lab
Cindy Bishop (Thailand): Anne with an E
Elena Fortes (Mexico): Atlantique
Esther Acebo (Spain): Chef’s Table: Bo Songvisava
Family Camara (France): How to Get Away with Murder
Fanny Herrero (France): Je Parle Toute Seule
Fatimah Abu Bakar (Malaysia): Babies
Francesca Comencini (Italy): What Happened, Miss Simone?
Giovanna Ewbank (Brazil): The Most Beautiful Thing
Hanna Ardéhn (Sweden): Silence of the Lambs
Hazar Erguclu (Turkey): House of Cards
Hend Sabry (Egypt): Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Ida Elise Broch (Norway): RuPaul’s Drag Race
Janet Mock (United States): Paris Is Burning
Joyce Cheng (Hong Kong): Queer Eye
Juliana Vicente (Brazil): When They See Us
Kemi Adetiba (Nigeria): King of Boys
Kiara Advani (India): Lust Stories
Lali Espósito (Argentina): Notting Hill
Lana Condor (United States): Grace and Frankie
Lauren Morelli (United States): Julie & Julia
Laurie Nunn (England): The Keepers
Laverne Cox (United States): A Call to Courage
Liz Garbus (United States): She’s Gotta Have It
Logan Browning (United States): Someone Great
Lynn Fainchtein (Mexico): 2001: Space Odyssey
Marcela Benjumea (Colombia): Dead to Me
Mercedes Morán (Argentina): Aquarius
Mika Ninagawa (Japan): In the Realm of the Senses
Millie Bobby Brown (United Kingdom): Miss Americana
Mina El Hammani (Spain): ¿Qué Co#o Está Pasando?
Mindy Kaling (United States): Chewing Gum
Mira Lesmana (Indonesia): ROMA
Mithila Palkar (India): Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette
Nahnatchka Khan (United States): Young Adult
Ngô Thanh Vân (Vietnam): Wonder Woman
Nosipho Dumisa (South Africa): Gravity
Pathy Dejesus (Brazil): Raising Dion
Paulina Garcia (Chile): Deux Jours, Une Nuit
Petra Costa (Brazil): Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
Salma Hayek (Mexico): Unbelievable
Sandi Tan (Singapore): Russian Doll
Shefali Shah (India): Delhi Crime
Sophia Loren (Italy): The Crown
Yalitza Aparicio (Mexico): Knock Down the House