Daughters of the Dust was released in 1991, making Julie Dash the first black woman to direct a film with national distribution. Twenty-five years later, the Nickelodeon is hosting Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color, a film festival in honor of Dash’s groundbreaking vision and a showcase of women of color making films today. I had the opportunity to talk to Roni Nicole Henderson, one of the festival’s organizers and contributors, and Kristin Morris, Marketing Manager for the Nickelodeon about Daughters of the Dust, the filmmakers, and the enduring inspiration of art and innovation. We spoke on Sunday night, and we were all full of excitement (I was in awe) about this historic event. My sincere hope is that everyone makes it out to all or most or some of these screenings. If you need to see and hear love, compassion, and truth to power this weekend, we’ll see you there.
As always, many thanks to Robert Lipe at Optic Otter for making these podcasts possible.