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Daughters of the Dust

January 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sumner Hall
206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States


Sunday, January 20, 2019
4:30 pm
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Free for Film Society members/$10 non members

Daughters of the Dust

Directed by Julie Dash, 1991

The first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be distributed theatrically in the United States, Daughters of the Dust is a timeless film that lyrically narrates a unique African-American experience. Set in 1902, the film follows the Peazant family, Gullah Islanders who live in a community of relative exclusion off the coast of Georgia. Because of the island’s isolation, its inhabitants—whose ancestors were brought to the U.S. as enslaved peoples—developed a language, society, and culture all their own. In an age of increasing modernization and urbanization, the Peazant faces an almost impossible decision: move to the mainland for a new beginning or stay on the island. Lush colors, dazzling costumes, and masterful cinematography tell the story of the island and its people through memories, emotions, visual poetry, and a dreamlike structure.

Daughters of the Dust is considered a masterwork of contemporary cinema and its impact has been felt far and wide. It was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for being a culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant contribution to film culture.

Film and Talkback facilitated by Robert Earl Price and Leslie Raimond


“Every image, every moment, is full of creation” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker 

“Dash provides crisp, sensitive direction in putting together a moving work about a people immersed in a distinct culture and ritual as they try to ‘touch their own spirits.’” – Clifford Terry, The Chicago Tribune

“Through it we understand how African-American families persisted against slavery and tried to be true to their memories.” -Roger Ebert

“This richly costumed drama, structured in tableaux to reflect the art and icons of African tradition, testifies movingly to the secret celebrations and packed-away sorrows of African-American women.” Film Forum

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