Palcy has focussed on sharing her knowledge and skills, while making TV movies and documentaries. “In my deals, I always made sure I had trainees, especially females, and they would learn not only directing but everything that happens on a set. What I couldn’t do with my movies, I did it with my training, and my life.”

Euzhan Palcy, film director of A Dry White Season
Euzhan Palcy, film director of A Dry White Season
Image: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

She hopes women see today’s technology as a blessing. “You don’t have to have these giant cameras that only men can carry now,” she chuckles. “The new tech gives you your freedom, so you should grab it, and film your grandmother, your mother, record their history. Don’t wait anymore, grab your opportunity and make your movies. Create great content and they will forget you are a woman!”

It’s advice she’s able to herself follow now, at long last. Palcy has six projects in the works, among them 2 movies, one about Bessie Coleman, the first African American and first Native American woman pilot, and leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture. “I was waiting for the little seeds I planted to come to fruition, now I’m ready to move forward,” says Palcy. “All this time, I kept writing a lot, thinking when the time is right, I will do them.”

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