Illusions

NR Directed by Julie Dash.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., April 20, 2000

Anyone who has seen Julie Dash’s magnificent and thoroughly unique feature film Daughters of the Dust doesn’t need me to tell them about the filmmaker’s unique sensibilities and her passion for depicting the lives of black women on film. "African Nun" is an adaptation of an Alice Walker story, and it served as Dash’s thesis film. "Four Women" is a film interpretation of the famous Nina Simone song. "Illusions" is an imaginative piece set during WWII in which a black woman studio executive who passes for white comes to grips with a society that perpetuates false images.

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Daughters of the Dust
I'd wager that the portrait of turn of the century African-American women you get in Daughters of the Dust is like nothing you've ever seen ...

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Illusions, Julie Dash

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