Film Illusions + Free, White and 21 Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Jul 11, 2018
  • 7PM

Two black women directors—Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and multimedia artist Howardena Pindell—offer powerful critiques of racial mythologies and the limitations of white feminism.

+ Extended post-screening discussion about the themes of the series.
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)


Dir. Julie Dash
With Lonette McKee, Rosanne Katon
1982, 34min, 16mm


Director Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) explores race and representation in World War II-era Hollywood via the story of a black movie studio executive (McKee) passing as white and the African-American singer (Katon) she hires to dub the voice of a white actress. What plays out is a profound, haunting deconstruction of Hollywood’s power to shape racial mythologies.

16mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Dir. Howardena Pindell
1980, 12min, digital


Multimedia artist Howardena Pindell assumes the identity of a blonde white woman to discuss the racism—both institutional and casual—she experiences as a black woman in this powerfully personal video essay, which critiques the limitations of white feminism.