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Spelman Professor’s Film Named to The New York Times List of Essential Films in Black History

March 2018

Distinguished Professor in the Arts Julie DashThe landmark film, “Daughters of the Dust,” directed by Spelman's Distinguished Professor in the Arts Julie Dash, M.F.A., a faculty member in the Department of Art & Visual Culture, was recently named as one of the top 28 films of the 20th century by The New York Times. The newspaper’s chief critics ranked Dash’s film No. 25 on the list of films well known for conveying the larger history of Black Americans in cinema.

Dash, a pioneering and multi-award-winning filmmaker, joined Spelman College’s faculty in 2017 to help develop the new documentary filmmaking major and teach and mentor documentary film majors.

"My students are currently in production on four documentary team projects focusing on contemporary women's voices,” said Dash. “Their films will be screened by family, friends and faculty in April 2018 at the Midtown Cinema.” Dash will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate from the California College of the Arts in May.

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