Yes, the Netflix documentary seriesMaking A Murderer shines a light on the faulty American criminal justice system. But it also stands as proof that women can tell compelling, engaging stories that are not solely about women.
It's been six years since Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker, a film about a three-man explosive-disabling team in the Iraq War. She was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. In 86 years, only three other women have ever been nominated (Lina Wertmuller in 1976, Jane Campion in 1993, Sofia Coppola in 2003). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the United States government agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws—is currently investigating gender discrimination in Hollywood, but the fact remains that women are really not being hired to direct movies. Look at the data and you'll see that the numbers are awful. A 2014 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that women made up only 7% of directors of the top 250 films. That means 93% of the movies Americans see are directed by men. And even though there's supposed to be a female director for a Star Wars film—eventually—this looks like a discrimination issue, through and through. (See shitpeoplesaytowomendirectors.tumblr.com if you have any doubts.)