In 1991 Julie Dash wrote and directed the award winning film Daughters of the Dust
, about three generations of Gullah women who migrate from the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina to the mainland. The Library of Congress has preserved the film as a national treasure in the National Film Registry. Dash is the first African American woman to make a full length fiction film- She has twice been a guest at the Créteil International Women's film festival. In1997 she was invited to be part of a special panel on African American women in film, which included Angela Davis. This year she was invited as part of a special section called Invisible Borders where films were screened which are innovative and break new ground, which explore form and formats, and are at the frontier of cinematography This year Julie Dash's film The Rosa Parks Story
(2002) and starring Angela Bassett was screened, dubbed in French. The film takes up the early activism of the woman who refused to sit at the back of the bus in the 1950's and was an inspirational figure in civil rights. Movie Magazine International reports from the Créteil Festival with an interview with Julie Dash who speaks about her film career, the making of The Rosa Parks Story
, and her future plans. The 31st Créteil Films de Femmes International Womens Film Festival took place March 13-23 with 150 films, and a feature, documentary and short film competition with special guest of honor Anna Karina, who starred in several films by Jean Luc Godard and will be featured in an exclusive interview in next weeks show.
For Movie Magazine this is Moira Sullivan Paris France
© 2009 - Moira Sullivan - Air Date: 3/25/09
Julie Dash, 31st Créteil Films de Femmes, Part 1