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The Diary of an African Nun

The Diary of an African Nun (1977)
Director: Julie Dash
16mm, b/w

A nun in Uganda weighs the emptiness she finds in her supposed union with Christ.  Adapted from a short story by Alice Walker, the film was a deliberate first move by its director toward narrative filmmaking, though its graphic simplicity and pantomimed performance by Barbara O. Jones give it an intensity that anticipates Julie Dash’s work on Daughters of the Dust. 

—Shannon Kelley

Available for research at UCLA

Restored from the original 16mm b/w negative A/B rolls (blown up from Super 8 reversal camera original) and the original 16mm optical soundtrack by UCLA Film & Television Archive.  Laboratory services by Fotokem, Audio Mechanics and NT Picture and Sound.

Film Credits

Individual Role(s)
Julie Dash Director
Alice Walker Writer
Orin Mitchell Cinematographer
Barbara O. Jones Cast
Barbara Young Cast
Makimi Price Cast
Ron Flagge Cast
Renee Carraway Cast