10 Female Movie Directors You Need to Know

Julie Dash

Most Notable Movie: Daughters of the Dust (1982)

Shortly after her graduation from UCLA, Dash became inspired by black authors such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrisson. She wondered why we couldn't see movies like the dramatic work of the authors she loved, which made her decide to quit making documentaries and learn how to make narratives. 

After her short film, Illusions, won the 1985 Black American Cinema Society Award and the Black Filmmaker Foundation's Jury Prize in 1989 as best film of the decade, she was able to move on to feature films. Her first feature, Daughters of the Dust, which she wrote, directed and produced herself, was the first full length film by an African American woman to have a general theatrical release in the U.S. In 2004, the film was chosen to be preserved in the United States Nation Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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