12A
1hr 52mins

In this inter-generational feminist ode to family and language set in the early 1900s, the African roots of Gullah culture thrive undisturbed on an island that, in defiant resistance to the legacies of slavery, has preserved the traditions of its ancestry.

This film screens as a part of our season Set it Off: A Tribute to Black Genre Cinema, click here to learn more.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Black Genre Cinema
Julie Dash
12A
Drama
Sexual violence references, moderate bad language, drug misuse
English & French

Director Julie Dash conjures a spiritual epic, shot like theatre-in-the-round on the island’s beach and overflowing with conversations that merge towards a dreamy atmosphere; all held together by the voice of an unborn child (Kai-Lynn Warren) and the community matriarch, Nana Peazant (Cora Lee Day).

We follow Eli (Nana’s grandson played by Adisa Andertson) and his wife, Eula (Ava Rogers) as they embark on a journey to leave the island.

The first feature directed by an African-American woman to be theatrically distributed and boasting striking imagery that came to influence Beyoncé’s Lemonade videos, Daughters of the Dust is a powerfully fluid portrait of identity as communal, memory as living, and the resilience of Black women, enduring.

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Mon 12 Sep
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