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Four Women

Four Women (1975)
Director: Julie Dash
16mm, color

Set to Nina Simone’s stirring ballad of the same name, Julie Dash’s dance film features Linda Martina Young as strong “Aunt Sarah,” tragic mulatto “Saffronia,” sensuous “Sweet Thing” and militant “Peaches.”  Kinetic camerawork and editing, richly colored lighting, and meticulous costume, makeup and hair design work together with Young’s sensitive performance to turn longstanding Black female stereotypes to oblique, critical angles. 

Jacqueline Stewart

Available for research at UCLA

New print struck from the original 16mm color negative A/B rolls and the original 16mm track negative.

Film Credits

Individual Role(s)
Julie Dash Director
Winfred Tennison Producer
Robert Maxwell Cinematographer
Linda Martina Young Cast