Julie Dash is an American filmmaker, author and member of the L.A. Rebellion. Her Daughters of the Dust (1991) was the first full-length film by an African-American woman with general theatrical release in the United States. Dash is the film’s producer, screenwriter and director. In 2004, Daughters of the Dust was included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

One of a generation of African and African-American filmmakers from theUCLA Film School who have created an alternative to Hollywood films, Dash has also made numerous music videos and television movies, the latter including Funny Valentines, Incognito, Love Song , andThe Rosa Parks Story . Her Brothers of the Borderland  was commissioned by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Dash’s book Daughters of the Dust: A Novel (1997) is a sequel to the film, set 20 years later in Harlem and the Sea Islands.