Directed by Julie Dash (USA, 1991, 113 min.). Digital.
The first feature film by an African American woman to be widely screened in U.S. theaters, Daughters of the Dust is a poetic portrait of a family living on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, in 1902. The island and the surrounding area are home to the Gullah people, who had preserved much of their African cultural heritage. The film follows the Peazant family as they prepare to depart from the island to live on the mainland, stirring up conflict between the family elders, who act as guardians of tradition, and the younger members, who seek new opportunities off the island. This delicately styled exploration of collective memory and cultural upheaval is a deeply rewarding experience.
Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival.
If you love Daughters of the Dust, check out the upcoming event Arthur Jafa in Conversation with Julie Sharp on March 28. As the cinematographer for Dash’s film, Jafa was integral in creating its singular aethetic.
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