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1983 Euzhan Palcy French/Martinique Caribbean struggling family young writer melodrama ("based on the novel by Joseph Zobel"). Euzhan Palcly was the first black director (male or female) to win the César Award, France's highest film honor for her film Sugar Cane Alley. She was also the first black woman director to produce a major Hollywood studio (MGM) film: "A Dry White Season". Sugar Cane Alley won over 17 international awards including the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion, as well as the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup) for Best Lead Actress Award (Darling Legitimus) and the César Award, Best First Work.