Department of Communication Studies

Film Director Julie Dash to Speak and Screen Work

Julie Dash, an acclaimed African American movie director, will speak and show excerpts of her works at the University of Northern Iowa at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Maucker Union Expansion, as part of the Hearst Lecture Series.

With the debut of "Daughters of the Dust" in 1992, Dash became the first African American woman in the nation to have a full-length general theatrical release. The Newark Black Film Festival honored "Daughters of the Dust" as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. Dash received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women Film Festival in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Howard University honored Dash with the Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in Writing and Directing. Other films she has directed include "Brothers of the Borderland" and "The Rosa Parks Story," an NAACP Image Award-winning CBS television movie.

Dash earned her M.F.A. in film & television production at UCLA; her B.A. in film production from CCNY and was a Fellow at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies, the AFI conservatory at Greystone Mansion.

Dash's visit will be preceded by three screenings of her work: "Daughters of the Dust" followed by "The Rosa Parks Story" will be shown in the lobby of the Center for Multicultural Education beginning at 10 a.m. on April 14 and April 18; and beginning at 1 p.m. on April 19. 

Also at the CME, there will be a "Discussion with Dash," an informal session with the director from 2-3 p.m. on April 20.

The events are free and open to the public, and supported by the Center for Multicultural Education Lecture Series, the Office of the Provost, the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.  For more information, contact the Department of Communication Studies at 319-273-2217.