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In the late 1960s, Black students at the UCLA film school began to explore themes beyond the canon. Dash created her earliest short films then, each of which explores different but intersecting aspects of Black womanhood. Four Women (1975) experiments with music, dance and identity; The Diary of an African Nun (1977) contemplates complexities within spiritual relationships; and Illusions (1982) tells the story of a Black woman who passes for white to pursue a career in 1940s Hollywood. 35mm print of The Diary of an African Nun is provided courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive. Preservation funded in part with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Director Julie Dash is scheduled to be present. (16mm/35mm Presentation)

This program is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, the The Media School’s cinema and media arts program, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and IU Cinema.

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