An examination of the works of six contemporary black and asian women filmmakers. It also includes a detailed introduction and a chapter entitled ""Other Voices"", documenting the work of other black and asian filmmakers. The book analyzes the key films of Zeinabu Irene Davis, ""one of a growing number of independent black women filmmakers who are actively constructing an 'oppositional gaze'""; British filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah and Julie Dash, two filmmakers working with time and space; Pratibha Parmar, a Kenyan/Indian-born British black filmmaker concerned with issues of representation, identity, cultural displacement, lesbianism and racial identity; Trinh T. Minh-ha, a Vietnamese-born artist who revolutionized documentary filmmaking by displacing the ""voyeuristic gaze of the ethnographic documentary filmmaker""; and Mira Nair, a black Indian woman who concentrates on interracial identity.
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, a professor of film studies, women's studies, and cultural studies in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, is the author of eight books. Her most recent book, Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema, was named an outstanding title in the humanities for 2004 by Choice.