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Sandhya Menon’s Favorite Fierce Female Filmmakers

March 8, 2018
Sandhya Menon
Author of When Dimple Met Rishi

The Riveted Team is so thrilled to welcome Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi  on this International Women’s Day. We asked her to talk about her favorite female filmmakers and what she loves about them. Just like in the upcoming From Twinkle, with Lovewe’re so grateful for the amazing women who make incredible art to share with the world. Thanks so much, Sandhya! 


Mira Nair

Fave quote: Making films is about having absolute and foolish confidence; the challenge for all of us is to have the heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant. (I so relate to that as a novelist!)

Why I love her: Monsoon Wedding kind of put Indian weddings and movies on the map in the Western world. Mira Nair is the feminist, mega-talented Desi artist I want to be when I grow up!

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Fave quote: If your dream is only about you, it’s too small.

Why I love her: Ava DuVernay is a queen. She’s so full of talent and ambition and passion, it’s impossible to read about her or view her work and not get swept up in that.

Sofia Coppola

Fave quote: I’m always a sucker for a love story.

Why I love her: A lot of Sofia Coppola’s movies are about outsiders looking in and yearning to be part of something. I love that theme, especially as someone who writes for adolescents. That yearning is something almost everyone can relate to.

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour

Fave quote: No one will give you change. You have to work for it.

Why I love her: Haifaa is the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker, and an unstoppable, amazingly mellow force to be reckoned with. Watch her groundbreaking film Wadjda and I guarantee you’ll never look at a bicycle the same way again.


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8 Responses to Sandhya Menon’s Favorite Fierce Female Filmmakers


  1. cgigous says:

    A great list of female directors. I have seen some of their work and I am a fan Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar tv series. As for the giveaway, I would read the advance copy and then share with my friends. We all loved When Dimple Met Rishi and are eagerly awaiting to read From Twinkle with Love.

  2. LaRonda says:

    I’ve only seen movies by Ava Duvernay, who Ia huge fan of. I can’t wait for From Twinkle, With Love, is definitely keep it for myself!

  3. RF says:

    Great list of female film-makers; this is the first time I’m hearing about Haifaa al-Mansour, I have got to check out her work (I lived in Saudi Arabia for so long and never heard a thing!). I like Mira Nair and Sofia Coppola too! Looking forward to seeing more movies made by Greta Gerwig, as well. I liked Lady Bird so much. I am curious to find out more about Chinese/Japanese female film-makers, I am sure there are some good ones? + I would love to read this simply because it is a new book of yours, and think it’ll be fun. All the best!

  4. I would keep it for myself and then give it to my teens I work with at the library!

  5. laprincesajessex3 says:

    I would keep this prize for myself and maybe I’ll let people I trust (specifically, trust with books) borrow it if they want (once it’s released).

  6. Thewordglutton says:

    I’m thrilled to learn about these great women filmmaker icons, I’m no film buff but I’ll definitely check out the films made by these brilliant ladies.
    (also I’d love love to get the Twinkle ARC as a present for myself 😍)

  7. Thewordglutton says:

    I’m thrilled to learn about these great women filmmaker icons, I’m no film buff but I’ll definitely check out the films made by these brilliant ladies.
    (also I’d love love to get the Twinkle ARC as a present for myself! 😍)

  8. I would read this and then pass it on to a friend! 🙂

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