Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her influential film Daughters of the Dust, writer/director/producer Julie Dash is commemorating this milestone with a special event tonight at the Directors Guild of America. Julie came by The WAVE studios to discuss more about her film’s impact in cinema and welcomes all to join her for the intimate discussion of the film at her DGA event later tonight.

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For those not familiar with her visually stunning film Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash set out on her own to write, produce and direct her authentically African-American masterpiece about the Gullah people living off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

The film follows three generations of women living on these sea islands at the turn of the century and their journey of keeping their family traditions alive as they make their way to the mainland of America. The film has received critical praise for its stunning visuals and moving story that’s unlike any other film ever made in Hollywood.

“It was a film I knew I had to make myself,” Julie recalls as she put her crew together to start production on the independent film. “We said we’re going to do something that’s never been done. We’re going to make an authentic African-American film in terms of the look, the tone, the texture, the feel, the colors, everything — especially the casting.”

To celebrate her phenomenal feat of creating this inspirational and creative film, Julie will be speaking at a special 20th anniversary event tonight, Thursday, June 16th starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America. Director/AASC Co-Chair Abdul Malik Abbott, will moderate the evening’s conversation, and you can RSVP for the event by calling (310) 289-2034.

For more information on how you can support independent film making and the arts, visit that helps get conceptual films made! Listen to our exclusive web interview with Julie Dash and her incredible process of creating her film!

  1. David says:

    I’ve seen some of her films and she is super talented! I wish her the best. Rosa Parks Story with Angela Bassett was my favorite.

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