Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Brunei Looking to Distribute Its Own Wadjda

The female-directed martial-arts film "Yasmine" will be Brunei's first commercial film.
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  • March 25, 2014 2:51 PM
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Wadjda Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Announces Next Project

"A Storm in the Stars" will focus on the 18-year-old novelist Mary Shelley's tumultuous relationship with the married poet Percy Shelley and her work of writing "Frankenstein."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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Wadjda Rises Hackles in Saudia Arabia Just By Being Considered for an Oscar Nomination

The film Wadjda is is courting controversy within Saudia Arabia. It has been submitted for consideration for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. Not everyone at home is happy about the issues it raises.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 24, 2013 12:00 PM
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Wadjda to be Saudi Arabia's Oscar Entry

Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first film directed by a woman from Saudi Arabia opened in limited release this past weekend. The film made $40,419 after screening in just three theaters making it the best opening of the weekend amongst other limited release films.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 16, 2013 12:56 PM
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Tribeca Rerun: Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

What Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants to do is simple - ride a bike. That shouldn't be so difficult, but when you live in Saudi Arabia, a place where women can't drive, a girl riding a bike in the street is not allowed
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch - Wadjda - Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

We've written about Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda before and finally the first trailer for the film has been released. Al-Mansour is the first woman to direct and write a film in Saudi Arabia.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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