Sembéne Presents An Evening With Julie Dash


On April 5th, the Sembéne Film & Arts Festival will spend a retrospective evening with celebrated filmmaker Julie Dash at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood.

Over the course of her distinguished career, Dash has written, directed and produced stories about the black experience for film and TV. In 1991, her debut feature Daughters of the Dust, a period drama about three generations of Gullah women on St. Helena Island, became the first theatrically released feature-length film by an African-American woman in the US. She has also received honors and awards from various organizations and festivals for her work.

An Evening with Julie Dash will begin at 5:30 p.m. and includes an informal Q&A with Dash and screenings of clips from her extensive filmography. Filmmaker Billy Jackson will moderate. A dessert reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can register at Eventbrite.

The talk is in correlation with the Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series presentation of Requiem for Rice. The national multimedia event is a tribute to those enslaved, exploited and brutalized on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia rice plantations who remain, unburied, unmourned and unmarked. Dash, who serves as part of the project’s creative team, will also appear at the event.

Requiem for Rice will take place on April 4th at 4:30 p.m. in CMU’s Porter Hall 100.


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