Mar 29

Women's Herstory Month Event: Exploring Daughters of the Dust

3:30pm - 4:30pm

About This Event

Poster for Exploring Daughters of the Dust event March 2021

Explore the significance and cultural background of Julie Dash's ground breaking 1991 independent film, Daughters of the Dust, the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. This virtual panel discussion will feature public historian, educator, diversity leader, artist and arts advocate, and cultural preservationist Victoria A. Smalls, as well as our own Assistant Professor Rachelle Dermer (Communications Media), who is also a screenwriter and director.

To learn more, including how to view the film with a Fitchburg State login, visit

To take part in the panel talk, please visit, or click here to view a livestream.

This event was made possible by the generous funding by the Fitchburg State University Office of Student Development (OSD). Access to the film was funded by the Fitchburg State University Dean's Anti-Racism Grant.