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Four Women
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Four Women

Julie Dash

1975 / U.S.A. / 7 min

i Friday 24 March 20H40 Cinéma 2
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Without dialogue

Shown with :
Hour Glass by Hailé Gerima
The Horse by Charles Burnett
Picket in Response to the Arrest of Angela Davis by KTLA News
Student Rally in Support of Angela Davis Held at UCLA by KTLA News
A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan by Jamaa Fanaka
The Kitchen by Alile Sharon Larkin
Hidden Memories by Jacqueline Frazier
Daydream Therapy by Bernard Nicolas
Medea by Ben Caldwell
Ujamii Uhuru Schule by Don Amis
Rain (Nyesha) by Melvonna Ballenger
i Sunday 02 April 15H00 Cinéma 2
X close

Without dialogue

Shown with :
Hour Glass by Hailé Gerima
The Horse by Charles Burnett
Picket in Response to the Arrest of Angela Davis by KTLA News
Student Rally in Support of Angela Davis Held at UCLA by KTLA News
A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan by Jamaa Fanaka
Hidden Memories by Jacqueline Frazier
Daydream Therapy by Bernard Nicolas
Medea by Ben Caldwell
Ujamii Uhuru Schule by Don Amis
Rain (Nyesha) by Melvonna Ballenger

The dancer Linda Martina Young embodies the four female figures of Nina Simone’s ballad “Four Women”, from Aunt Sarah the slave to the angry Peaches. The staging of the dance and the reference to African music reveals a critique of stereotypes. “I’m awfully bitter these days, because my parents were slaves.”

Born in New York, the filmmaker, writer and teacher Julie Dash made The Diary of an African Nun and Illusions during her time at ULCA; for television, she has made Incognito (1999), Funny Valentine (1999) and The Rosa Parks Story (2002). Her feature Daughters of the Dust (1991) was the first film by an African-American woman to be theatrically released in the United States.