Director Mimi Leder is known for challenging stereotypes. She has directed high-octane action films, such as "Deep Impact," normally associated with male directors.
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Photos:The most inspiring women in film
Egyptian-Welsh screenwriter and director Sally El Hosaini received multiple awards last year, including Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival and Best Cinematography at Sundance for her debut feature about Egyptian immigrants coming of age in East London "My Brother the Devil".
Award-winning director Sally Potter with actors Steve Buscemi and Patrick Adams at the screening of her film "Rage" at the Berlinale Film Festival 2009. The film also starred Lily Cole, Judi Dench, Jude Law and Eddie Izzard.