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Yara Shahidi is about to add film director to her long list of accolades. That’s right folks, the beauty is getting behind the camera.

The black-ish turned Grown-ish star’s directorial debut will be for Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology, a series of short films directed by women. The goal of the series is to “create short films that redefine identity, imagination, and storytelling through the female lens.”

This year, the series will show eight films by eight incredible, powerful up and coming directors; including Gillian Jacobs (Community), Jessica Sanders, Gilly Barnes, Ivy Agregan, Janine Shermon Barrois, A.M. Lukas (nee Anna Martemucci) and Allana Harkin.

For Yara, who is expected to attend Harvard next year, the project stemmed from her love the 1956 French film The Red Balloon and her personal story of walking down Melrose Avenue with a group of friends.

“The story centers around one character who we have aptly titled ‘X,’ and it’s X’s journey through L.A. — a day in the life — but also a larger commentary on what it’s like to maneuver through a space that you don’t own or have ownership of,” Shahidi told the Los Angeles Times.

“Being somebody who’d been in California for most of her life, I’ve benefited from how diverse it is, how open it is, how liberal it is,” she explained. “This really stemmed from us wanting to dive further into that … and still discuss the universality of what it’s like to be an unprotected class of any kind, whether you’re a person of color, whether you’re an immigrant, whether you’re a woman, whether you’re differently abled — whatever it is.”

Yara is also bringing her family along for the journey.

The actress’ mother, who is always by the star’s side, Keri Shahidi, was an executive producer on the project and her father, Afshin Shahidi, was the director of photography.

“Directing really makes you stick to your voice and have the ability to back it up, saying, ‘This is how I want to do it.’ Of course you have to make compromises here and there, but it really did remind me to not be so willing to [make compromises], and to feel empowered to execute my vision,” Shahidi said.

Yara created and wrote the project alongside Grown-ish writer Jordan Reddout.

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