Daughters of the Dust: A Gorgeous Ode to Black Women

Released in 1992, Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by a black woman to have a wide theatrical release. The Theatre at Ace Hotel celebrated the film’s 25th year anniversary by hosting a screening for over a thousand viewers. The screening was followed by an interview between Dash and Ava DuVernay, director of 13th and Selma, and the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated film.

FiveFilms4Freedom Comes to UCLA

As the competition’s name suggests, there were five winning entries all in all: “Crush,” “Heavy Weight,” “Jamie,” “Still Burning,” and “Where We Are Now.” Each film tackled a different LGBT+ experience, their plots ranging in complexity—from the anxious innocence of a first crush to the arduous journey of transitioning as a parent. Each story invites audiences to empathize with the LGBT+ community, not just by appreciating the different challenges LGBT+ people face from their own challenges but more importantly the similar values which guide their choices.