At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.”
At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).
“A film of spellbinding visual beauty! Julie Dash emerges as a strikingly original talent.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Dreamlike, (a) sonically and visually lush project.” –Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
“A modern classic and one of the greatest American independent films ever made. Julie “Dash is one of the heroines of the modern cinema.” –Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
“One of the most distinctive, original independent films of the time.” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Runtime: 112 minutes
Director: Julie Dash
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