PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS and
THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM WELCOME:
Visiting director, Julie Dash, screenings and Q&A sessions on films;
Daughters of the Dust and The Rosa Parks Story.
Evening Screening: May 21, 7:30 PM, Daughters of the Dust, $4 per person. Followed by
in-person Q&A with Ms. Dash. NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium.
Daughters of the Dust, Dash's debut, made history in 1992 as the
first full-length film by an African-American woman to have general theatrical release. Her most recent
film The Rosa Parks Story won the Family Television Award, New York Christopher Award, and made Julie the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement (in thecategory of Primetime Movies Made for Television).
Julie Dash is a pioneer in the film industry, her lens focused on the story and history of African American
women. In 2007, Ms. Dash received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women
Film Festival in the UK. In 1999, the twenty-fifth Annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Julie and
her film, Daughters of the Dust as one of the most momentous cinematic achievements in Black Cinema
in the 20th century. That film is also one of only 400 preserved as national treasures in the US Library
of Congress. Dash has become a priceless leader and lecturer in the film world, sharing her talent of
storytelling and pictures with the community and the world.
I like telling stories and controlling worlds...In my world, black women can do anything. They ride
horses and fly from trapezes; they are in the future as well as in the past.
– Julie Dash