Julie Dash

In 1991, Julie Dash made history when her groundbreaking film, Daughters of the Dust, became the first feature film directed by a Black woman to receive theatrical distribution in the United States.  

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for “Excellence in Cinematography – Dramatic”, Dash also wrote and produced the movie.  Daughters of the Dust centered upon themes of Pan-Africanism, Black womanhood, memory, equity and legacy impacting a familial clan of Gullah heritage and is set in the Sea Islands at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Books by Julie Dash

Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman’s Film by Julie Dash, Toni Cade Bambara and bell hooks

Daughters of the Dust: A Novel