List of lesbian filmmakers

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This is a list of lesbian filmmakers. The names listed include directors, producers, and screenwriters of feature films, television movies, documentaries and short films; and have received coverage or been recognized in reliable, authoritative media and academic sources. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]




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