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KINO favorites: 7 best films by female directors

They were all directed by wonder women, including the superhero movie of the same name. DW's KINO team picked their favorite films showcasing girl power.

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have awoke the world — more accurately the world of unaware or indifferent men — to society's glaring gender gap.

The movements started in Hollywood and, arguably, it has been in the film world that they have had their most concrete and dramatic impact, bringing down big-name harassers, regardless of their former status as A-list stars or powerful studio bosses.

#MeToo has also shone a light on gender disparity at the world's leading film festivals, and the frankly shocking record of Cannes, Venice and Berlin in, decade after decade, ignoring or overlooking the work of women filmmakers.

On the one-year anniversary of #MeToo, and the 100th anniversary of Britain's Women's Suffragette movement, we're dedicating a new Kino Favorites special to our favorite female directors. We're celebrating 7 extraordinary women filmmakers whose movies feature strong, intelligent, complex and funny female characters in stories of feminist struggles both personal and political.

Frankreich Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris - Mustang (Reuters/P. Wojazer)

Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Erguven (3rd from left) won an Oscar for her film"Mustang"

The women in these movies fight for self-determination and their right to be heard. They battling injustice — that of a political system that shuts them out and that of a macho culture that wants to tell them who they can love or even what sports they're allowed to play.

None are perfect but all, in their own ways, are role models for past and future generations of women and young girls (and men and boys too!).

Our Magnificent 7 come from Europe and the US, from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Their stories range across history — from the suffragette's votes-for-women movement of the 19th century to struggles for sexual freedom in modern-day Kenya — and across genres — from feel-good comedy to period romance to harrowing personal drama. We've even got a superhero movie on the list — one that changed the rules for studio blockbusters.

Seven is a very small number. The list of women directors we've missed is too long to mention. Dozens of female filmmakers who've made a lasting impression on us, and on the history of cinema, are nowhere to be found in this snapshot. But every lady on this list is a wonder woman. Every film a feminist landmark.

Filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta (Getty Images/T. Fabi)

A pioneering female filmmaker in Germany: Margarethe von Trotta

Who's your favorite female filmmaker? Which overlooked talent deserves the spotlight? And who's your favorite on-screen feminist hero?

Write to us with your personal cinematic wonder women:

Click through the gallery above to find out more about the seven films we picked: 

7. Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)
6. Suffragette (Sarah Gavron, 2015)
5. Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)
4. Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)
3. Hannah Arendt (Margarethe von Trotta, 2013)
2. Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu, 2018)
1. The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

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