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Alma Har’el Wins DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Alma Har’el captures our spirit and flies away with the ‘First Time Feature Film Director’ award at the DGA Awards for her inspired debut ‘Honey Boy’.

She is the first female director to win the category and the first to have also been nominated in the Commercial Director category two years back for her P&G Winter Olympics spot ‘Thank you, Mom’. The other filmmakers that ever got these two nominations: Alejandro Iñárritu, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Garth Davis and Ridley Scott.

“To say I’m happy and proud doesn’t start to describe it. I hope this inspires someone who reads this to support women and POC who dream to make films.”

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Alma wouldn’t be Alma if she didn’t use the occasion to draw attention to a rising issue amongst the female directing community. Har’el thanked director Jessica Dimmock for drawing attention to the plight of women directors, who, like Dimmock herself did, become parents and lost their health insurance when they took a break from work.

Speaking exclusively to DEADLINE Har’el added, “We want to give women more time in the year that they become pregnant and become parents. So, they don’t get penalized and lose their health insurance in their most vulnerable year.”

Read the full article here.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Variety/Shutterstock (10538596bn) Alma Har'el - Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director - Honey Boy 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Press Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, USA - 25 Jan 2020