Our 38th annual film series celebrates African American History Month on Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 PM with the groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash, USA (1991).
*parking available to the north and west of the building*
Written, directed and produced by Julie Dash, this now-iconic and newly remastered film was the first feature film directed by an African American woman to have theatrical distribution in the U.S. Set in 1902, it tells the story of multiple generations of Gullah (also known as Geechee) women in the Peazant family. Young Haagar wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana, who wants to stay on the Atlantic coast islands where their ancestors survived the slave trade. The story focuses on how generations will reconcile past, present, and future, as relatives come back to visit those who have stayed, a new baby is on the way, and long-dead ancestors still have much to teach. The film gained critical praise for its lush, uniquely framed visuals; Gullah dialogue and depictions of cultural practices, and non-linear storytelling.
In English/Gullah with subtitles. Running time 112 min.
“It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Free and open to the public!