Oscar-Winning Director Julia Reichert: Female Filmmakers Don’t Need to ‘Fit Into the Patriarchy’

The hottest topic of this year’s Oscars was already in place long before the red carpet was rolled out on Hollywood Boulevard: the continuing lack of diversity in the annual awards’ nominations pool, particularly as it applies to women and people of color.

While female directors were shut out of the Best Director race, other categories showed signs of actual diversity and inclusion, particularly the Best Documentary Feature race, which included a majority of nominated films directed by women.

On Oscar night, one of those women even walked away with the statuette: “American Factory” co-director Julia Reichert.The four-time nominee celebrated her first win alongside her partner, co-director Steven Bognar, and their producer Jeff Reichert, and was eager to answer a slew of questions backstage.

Top of mind for many: what sort of message would Reichert, one of the year’s few honored female filmmakers, want to send out

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