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African-American film director to speak at UNI

April 5, 2011

Christopher Martin, professor, communication studies, 319-273-6188,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Julie Dash, an acclaimed African American movie director, will speak about her work at the University of Northern Iowa at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Maucker Union expansion as part of the Hearst Lecture Series.

Dash has toured internationally with her work and has received numerous awards. With the debut of "Daughters of the Dust" in 1992, Dash became the first African-American woman in the nation to have a full-length general theatrical release. The Newark Black Film Festival honored "Daughters of the Dust" as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in Black Cinema in the 20th century. Dash received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women Film Festival in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Howard University honored Dash with the Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in Writing and Directing. Other films she has directed include "Brothers of the Borderland" and "The Rosa Parks Story," an NAACP Image Award-wining CBS television movie.

Dash earned her M.F.A. in Film & Television production at UCLA; received her B.A. in Film Production from CCNY and was also a Fellow at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies, the AFI conservatory at Greystone Mansion.

In anticipation of Dash's visit, there will be screenings of two of her films at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). At 10 a.m., Thursday, April 14, and Monday, April 18, "Daughters of the Dust" will be shown and immediately followed by "The Rosa Parks Story." The same films will be shown again at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 19.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6188 or


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