Gina Prince-Bythewood
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United States
2022

Undisputed Cinema

Gina
Prince-Bythewood

Original stories are hard to come by in any medium, especially in the sequel-obsessed world of Holly­wood cinema, but Prince-Bythewood gave au­di­­ences one with her 2022 film “The Woman King,” a historical epic about a band of female warriors led by General Nanisca (Viola Davis) that fought to preserve the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The Los Angeles native, who got her first big break as a writer on the “Cosby Show” spinoff “A Different World” in 1993, also directed an installment of the ABC miniseries “Women of the Movement” that premiered in early 2022, about Mamie Till-Mobley’s (Adrienne Warren) efforts to get justice for her son Emmett Till (Cedric Joe), a 14-year-old Black boy tortured and lynched in Mississippi in 1955.  

Career

  • BEYOND THE LIGHTS
  • THE OLD GUARD
  • THE WOMAN KING

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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