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Daughters of the Dust

Directed by Julie Dash
United States, United Kingdom, 1991
Drama

Synopsis

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 Directed by Julie Dash
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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