Julie Dash

The first African American woman to have a film on widespread theatrical release, Dash has enjoyed widespread success as a director of cinema, television and music videos. 

Emerging from the group of young black filmmakers dubbed the LA Rebellion which came out of the city in the 1980s, it was Dash's 1991 feature Daughters of the Dust which earned her international attention for its powerful depiction of black women's stories using an experimental narrative structure, unsubtitled dialect and distinctive use of cinematography.  

The BFI is pleased to present a new restoration of Daughters of the Dust for its 25th anniversary, available in a beautiful dual format package. 

For further reading, Tega Okiti places Dash's work into the wider context of the black feminine on screen here.

And Stephanie Phillips traces the lineage from Dash's Daughters of the Dust to Beyoncé's Lemonade here. 

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