As recent diversity reports show, Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. Queen Latifah, who has headed her own production company Flavor Unit, since 1995, has joined forces with a team of top women actresses and filmmakers to create We Do It Together (WDIT). The new production company and non-profit launched by Latifah, actresses Jessica Chastain and Juliette Binoche, and director Catherine Hardwicke hopes to enact change.
The group aims to support films that are by and about women through capital raised from from grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donations. These funds will also be reinvested in the company, making it self-sustaining. Projects are selected by We Do It Together’s advisory board, which includes Latifah, Chastain, Binoche and Harwicke as well as director Amma Asante; scholar Henry Louis Gates; actress Freida Pinto; director Hany Abu-Assad; actress Zhang Ziyi; director Marielle Heller; director Katia Lund; director Małgorzata Szumowska; actress Alysia Reiner;and director Haifaa Al-Mansour.
The organization will make its first public speaking appearance on February 29th, at the United Nations’ 3rd Annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit. We Do It Together plans to announce its first film in May at the Cannes International Film Festival.