chapter  8
“Healing Imperialized Eyes”: Independent Women Filmmakers and the Look
Pages 38

Toni Cade Bambara describes an early shot in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust that begins conventionally enough with what

looks like a colonial image (or at least a Hollywood version of one in a film like African Queen)~a boat gliding down a river, a woman in white dress and hat standing on it, center frame-until we realize this is an African American woman, Yellow Mary, standing ”hipshot, chin cocked, one arm akimbo,” that is far from the submissive European female of colonial cinema. Bambara reads in the shot an emblem for Dash’s entire film, and says that Dash “intends to heal our imperialized eyes” (Dash 1992, xii).