Check out Michon Boston’s inspiring interview with filmmaker Julie Dash for The Washington Post Magazine.
“I’m very comfortable being a black woman filmmaker. That’s my generation. … That’s who I am. There’s a rhythm, there’s a beat, there’s an aesthetic that’s been missing from mainstream media, and now it’s just coming to bear with Ava [DuVernay], Dee Rees [“Pariah”], Gina Prince-Bythewood[“Beyond the Lights”] — wonderful young filmmakers. We’re starting to feel the pulse is changing.”
Dash’s iconic film “Daughters of the Dust” is enjoying a revival since its initial 1991 release. Says Michon Boston: “In 1990, Dash arrived in Utah with a trailer and script about a story of an early-20th-century Gullah family preparing to leave rural life. (Gullahs are descended from enslaved Africans brought to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.) The tale’s narrator would be a yet-to-be-born child.”
“’What if an unborn child could come forward and help her parents sort out a problem in their marriage?’ Dash recalled saying back then. She left (the Sundance Institute in) Utah with partial funding from American Playhouse.”
Julie Dash is now teaching screenwriting and directing at Howard University. “’My students want to give voice to their generation, how their generation sees the world, and how they work through their issues and problems,’ she says. ‘My job is to listen and to guide them in technical issues of how they can go about presenting their voice best, but not to comment on anything of how they’re doing it. Because their goals are very different, as how they should be.’”
Guide them in finding their voice!