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Spirits of Rebellion was saturated with the rich history of several pioneers of the L.A. Rebellion period. As I watched, I was reminded of the origins of my own inspiration as a filmmaker. So many of the notable personalities reviewed by Spirits of Rebellion were filmmakers whose works I saw in my youth in the 1980s.

As a first-time viewer of Daughters of the Dust, I am blessed that my first encounter with it was through this newly restored print. According to viewers and members of the cast and crew—including Ms. Dash herself—at Friday’s screening, this was the best the film has looked in years.

Signature image for L.A. Rebellion is a still from Ashes & Embers (1982)
October 7, 2011 - 8:29 am

As powerful a film in 2011, the 1991 release of Julie Dash’s feature debut Daughters of the Dust was the first cinematic feature by an African American woman to gain a general theatrical release as well as to be accepted within the ranks of the National Film Registry as one of our nation’s cultural treasures.