The Best Documentaries by Female Directors on Netflix

Miss Representation

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.


Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York, comedian Tig Notaro announced her cancer diagnosis at what became a legendary stand-up in 2012. This film is a hybrid of comedy and drama that captures a personal journey about facing crisis head on with honesty and grace and overcoming pain and suffering with the healing power of comedy.


Directed by Ava DuVernay (photographed above), this thought provoking documentary features scholars, activists and politicians as they analyse the criminalisation of African-Americans and the United States prison boom.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Directed by Amy J. Berg, Janis: Little Girl Blue eye-opening account of Joplin’s brief, fierce life. Her rockstar-hippie style will be remembered alongside her hits Piece of My Heart and Mercedes-Benz.


Directed by Samantha Futerma, the film covers the true-life story of identical twin sisters, separated at birth, discovering each other on-line who then meet and confirm their matching identity with a DNA Test. Beautiful.

Please leave a comment below and let me know if I overlooked any stand-out documentaries with a Superwoman director.

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