Black Feminist

A film by Zanah Thirus

US | 2019 | 53 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. W201260 |

BLACK FEMINIST explores the double-edged sword of racial and gender oppression that Black Women face in America.


BLACK FEMINIST is a lively and illuminating documentary that explores the double-edged sword of racial and gender oppression that Black Women face in America.

Frustrated by the lack of intersectionality in the women’s movement and the misogyny plaguing the Black liberation movement, filmmaker Zanah Thirus set out to shine a light on the complexities and power of Black feminism. Featuring interviews with a wide range of scholars, writers, business owners, veterans and comedians including former Ebony Editor-in-Chief Kyra Kyles, professor Carrie Morris, and author Tami Winfrey Harris, the film lays bare the everyday lived experiences of Black Women everywhere.


"Uncovers the importance of intersectionality when it comes to opposing racial and gender oppression."

Video Librarian

"The candid and conversational form shows that feminism is not “just an academic experience but a life experience.”"

Films for the Feminist Classroom


  • Honorable Mention, Black Truth Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Documentary, The International Black & Diversity Film Festival
  • BronzeLens Film Festival
  • Chicago South Side Film Festival


Zanah Thirus

Zanah Thirus is an actress, producer, writer, and director from Chicago. She received her master’s degree in cinema production from DePaul University at the age of twenty-two and began her career in independent filmmaking and content production in 2015.

In 2016, Zanah won Best Female Director for her short film Hourglass at the Cineplay Film Awards. Her festival credits as a filmmaker include Official Selection - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (2016), Best Student Documentary - London Independent Film Awards (2017), Semi Finalist at The German United Film Festival (2018), and Finalist at Cinema Los Angeles Film Festival (2018).

Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Productions LLC, Zanah has shifted her focus to merging arts and activism through documentary and narrative storytelling. Her films explore subjects such as gender, race, politics, and mental health. In 2019, her feature documentary Black Feminist was an official selection at the Bronze Lens Festival of Atlanta. That same year, her short film Demons was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Content Creators of Atlanta Awards. Shortly afterwards, Zanah was named one of Diversity in Cannes Top 10 Filmmakers of the Decade. (09/20)

A film by Zanah Thirus

Cinematography & Editing by Chan C Smith

Associate Creative Production by Maiya Sinclair

Illustration by Imani Jc

Transcriptions by Tamara Young

Typography by Alyssa Kane

Starring Nadirah Lugg as Latoya Johnson


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