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Lyttanya Shannon

Documentary Director

Lyttanya Shannon is a documentary director whose work has appeared on major networks across the UK and internationally. As well as directing on multi-award winning series such as the BBC’s Ambulance and Hospital, she has also directed a variety of single one hour documentaries for various channels – which foreground the voices of women and the black diaspora. Her priority is always to work collaboratively with her contributors, to highlight their agency and power in their own narratives.

Her latest film is executive produced by Steve McQueen for the BBC, and investigates “one of the biggest scandals in the history of British education”. It saw black Caribbean children disproportionately, systematically and wrongfully placed in schools for the so-called “educationally subnormal” – with the film drawing parallels to inequalities that still exist in today’s education system. Lyttanya’s work has also shone light on inequities in other systems, such as black maternal mortality rates in the US – – with her work reaching grassroots organisations across the country, as well as being screened in Congress.

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Nominated by Liana Stewart

An inspirational director with integrity and someone who I believe will become known as a leading director in the documentary field. She is also a black woman who can create real change and who deeply cares about diversity.


Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West’s largest event for women and girls of African

Lyttana’s mentor