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Julie Dash Speaks to Standing Room Crowd at MIST Harlem

Award-winning screenwriter/director, Julie Dash Award-winning screenwriter/director, Julie Dash


VIDEO: Luvon Roberson says Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust Still Resonates with Audiences Nearly 25 Years Later

What's The 411TV's Book Editor, Luvon Roberson, chatted with What's The 411's host, Kizzy Cox, and correspondent, Rita Obi, about a Women's History Month event featuring award-winning screenwriter/director, Julie Dash, and a screening of her groundbreaking film, Daughters of the Dust. The event was held at MIST Harlem, which included dinner and cocktails at Madiba Harlem.

Following the screening of Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash spoke with New School Media Studies professor, Michelle Materre, about the history of the film.

In 1992, with Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash was the first African-American woman to have a general theatrical release of a full length feature film in the United States. An accomplished author, Dash wrote, along with Toni Cade Bambara and bell hooks, Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman's Film (1992). The book includes the screenplay. Dash also wrote Daughters of the Dust: A Novel (1997), a sequel set 20 years after the passage explored in the film.

In 2004, Daughters of the Dust was included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

"You can get the book that Julie Dash wrote.....," Luvon Roberson said on the set of What's The 411. "Also, still playing on Netflix, so check out the movie, Daughters of the Dust, ..., just as powerful as it was 20-something years ago; see it, make sure to read it."