Suggestion: Top 250 Films by Directors of Color

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Which of these films do you like most? 

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063664589
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'so many good ones. 'A tough choice. My vote would go to My Neighbor, Totoro, though.
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Do you think there are any more added or deleted since this was first posted?
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I updated it.
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I understand the title but the term "of color" always made me cringe.
Guillermo Del Toro could pass for a Norwegian and I'm not sure Inarritu is darker than, say, Coppola or Scorsese who have a strong Mediterranean heritage.
I understand it was referring to "minority background" but "of color" doesn't strike me as an appropriate term
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It is a correct US term. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_color
I share your reservations, but the problem lies in the word itself, not in how Jen uses it.
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I don't want to use foreign - there could American People of Color on the list.

Found this article on NPR:
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/03/30/295931070/the-journey-from-colored-to-minorities-...

If POC (people of color) is good enough for Martin Luther King its good enough for me. :)
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It's a difficult term, especially when applied internationally.

This Wikipedia page on White Latin Americans includes a picture of Guillermo Del Toro:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White...

This New York Times article refers to Fernando Meirelles as white:
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2003/01/12...
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The problem with this term lies in its segregational nature even if it's not the primary intent of the terminology,  sure, from the perspective of the "white", using this skin color as the referential, any non-white background will be defined as colored. I don't know what's more problematic, that we make a poll from a specific ethnic perspective (after all, even being "white" can be considered an ethnicity) or that we actually misuse the term "colored" and throw in it whatever doesn't fit the general understanding of "white" like WASP or Caucasian North American :) 
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There are many words that I found (or still find) confusing in their American usage. We get taught from an early age on that 'race' is an outdated and false concept when attributed to humans, yet in America, also among progressives, 'race' is widely used. Or people are considered 'black' when they have even one black ancestor, so it doesn't really have to with the individual person's actual skin color (this has an unpleasant Nuremberg Laws vibe to me).

Or as you mention Caucasian, that's also a word whose initial meaning (people from the Caucasus region) has no connection to the way it is used in America.

I don't want to say Americans got it wrong, but each country or culture attaches specific meanings to some words and maybe we as Europeans don't quite grasp them. Although, as Peter's articles suggest, maybe the definition isn't so clear in America either.
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You have an error in #11:
directed by Faa yeung nin wa (2000)
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Fixed - thanks.
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I'm tempted to use "minority directors" instead...but do you think that minority also refers to LGBTQ folks? And/or some other group?
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This gets complicated because I would think "minority" would refer to LGBTQ and women and others, plus some "people of color" aren't actual social minorities in their countries. As problematic as "people of color" can be, it's the only phrase that I can think of that fits. 
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I agree. Thanks Ruby.