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3.9
234 Bewertungen

Daughters of the Dust

Regie Julie Dash
USA, Großbritannien, 1991
Drama

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Set in the early 1900s, the Pazants family prepares to migrate from their Sea Island home to the mainland, leaving their land and legacy behind. Daughters of the Dust was the first dramatic feature film to explore the traditions of the Gullah.

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Daughters of the Dust Regie Julie Dash

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1991 | 2 Gewinne unter anderem: Dramatic (Cinematography Award)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

2016 | Gewinner: Special Award

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2013 | Gewinner: Best Rediscoveries

The film is directed by Julie Dash, hero of the L.A. Rebellion. Dash’s name ought to be spoken with the same kind of reverence we reserve for Martin Scorsese or Yasujiro Ozu, but she was cheated out of a career. And now Daughters must stand as a testament to her monumental, awe-inspiring talent and ambition. She gave her people a voice when they needed it most. And that voice will be heard as long as it needs to be, to inspire women just like her to speak it again on film.
July 02, 2017
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It seems a small but unsurprising tragedy that American director, author and academic, Julie Dash, has not been able to make films at a frequency more in line with her white, male compatriots. Daughters of the Dust is her rhapsodic 1991 debut feature, and it exhibits a unique cinematic voice from the get go. It also hints at the future treasures she will forge, while being a mellifluous, meandering and heartfelt screen chimera in its own right.
June 01, 2017
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The film breathlessly traverses the island’s physical terrain while also being spellbound by the character’s powerful monologues. Very often the entire film feels like one long montage where past and present images fuse together with every spoken word. The lingering traumas of slavery are still very much apparent. Yet Dash brilliantly captures a sense of resilience that has been passed down between generations through the “scarps of memories” they so often share.
February 07, 2017
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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    A one-of-a-kind, magnificent work of feminist Tribalism. Beautiful photography, script, acting, and herstorical research make for a film that is in a genre of its own. A must for anyone who is interested in Tribal culture. It helped me to read about the Gullah people before watching this film, to understand the references, language, and herstorical context. This is a film I will never forget.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    A moving and elegiac work that finds both defeat and hope in the changing tide of time. A multi-generational work that depicts a now forgotten community, Daughters of the Dust is a beautiful film, both on the outside and inside. Sometimes filmmaking is about preserving a memory that will be lost in time, this is a film that does such a thing.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    Took a while to get used to the rhythm & pace, which fell somewhere between dramatic theatre and post-apocalyptic genre comics/fiction. (Not sure I ever got used to the music..) As a lost & drifting gen-xer, I don't easily relate to feelings of place/tradition/family. In fact, it was hard to relate at all, to any of the characters' perspectives and/or to the director; and those are the 3 ways I watch film. Still, 3.5

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    Rewatch of a 25-year anniversary 2K restoration. This is an American classic as far as I'm concerned, not simply because of the distinctly U.S. subject and Southern Gothic elements, but also because of the editing and structure. The film gives one the impression of there being no beginning, middle, or end -similar to what Nana means when she talks about a shared past that never goes away.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    In '91 I remember finding this work worthy but amateurish and felt it had been overhyped in critical opinion. 25 years later and seeing its 2K digital projection I recognize its importance and now lasting influence on independent cinema. The film's other worldly touches playing on magical realism, tribalism and tradition offer unforgettable moments well captured by d.p. Arthur Jafa. Memorable score as well.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    To look forward or to hold to tradition? To leave or to stay, in a place you could never quite call your own? Julie Dash tackles these questions of American racial identity with such a trance-like style that, as thrilled as I was to see it in 4K at Film Forum, I kept wishing for a pause button and subtitles, because I'd get so caught up in the mood that I'd miss the dialogue. A potent American indie find.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    All the performances are great. I can't wait to see more of her stuff. I know some people don't like comparing the films by POCs to Western films, but this really gave me a sense of Fanny and Alexander. The production design, the costumes, and even the hairstyles are all very good. I think that the editing hasn't held up in time extremely well, but it is nonetheless an incredible film. More people need to see this.

  • Michael Harbour's rating of the film Daughters of the Dust

    Beautiful, beautiful film. The structure, which attempts to create a sense of place and history by wandering among the people of Gullah Island as some prepare to move north, is partially successful, but also becomes a bit tiresome.

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