Daughters Of The Dust

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TIFF says

We screen a glorious 2K digital restoration of Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991), the first feature directed by an African-American woman to receive a general theatrical release in the U.S.

25 years after its release, Daughters of the Dust was quoted in Beyoncé's groundbreaking video album Lemonade, which revisited the southern setting and distinctive fashion of Dash's film.

Set in 1902, the film focuses on an extended family of Gullah, descendants of African captives who escaped the slave trade to live on islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. On the verge of moving the entire family to the American mainland, the many members of the Peazant clan clash over the meaning and implications of this crossing.

Daughters of the Dust announced a formidable new filmmaking talent with its gorgeous interplay of symbolic markers, magical realist gestures, and mise en scène. (Arthur Jafa's masterful cinematography is given a luminous new canvas in this restoration.) It eloquently frames questions that have preoccupied many independent filmmakers of Dash's generation: the place of family and tradition in ameliorating historical wrongs, the hope of spiritual escape from a history of trauma, and the elusive possibility of finding deliverance together.

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