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Amma Asante

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6. Amma Asante makes historical films about women

You may not have seen Amma Asante’s Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but we highly recommend you put it in your Nextflix queue today. This former child actress has a strong sense of history and can masterfully relate to the audience how it continues to affect the present.

When Asante approaches a story, she focuses first on character. “I can’t come to a character unless I love them,” she said.

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