b. 1952, Long Island City, NY, USA
Julie Dash is a filmmaker best known for her 1991 classic and influential film Daughters of the Dust. She was part of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of UCLA filmmakers including Dash, Haile Gerima, and Charles Burnett who made iconoclastic independent films, in the late 70s. Dash’s short film Diary of an African Nun, based on an Alice Walker story, won a student award from the Directors Guild of America. Dash also directed Funny Valentines and the Rosa Parks Story. She is also part of the all-women directing roster of Ava DuVernay's drama series Queen Sugar on OWN.
Nominated, Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize
Included in the National Film Registry, Library of Congress
Note: Daughters of the Dust is the first film by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release in the United States.