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.
A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.