Daughters of the Dust
Location: Redstone Theater
With film critic and author Greg Tate in person
Dir. Julie Dash. 1991, 112 mins. Restored DCP. With Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Tommy Hicks. Dash’s 1991 masterpiece was her first feature, and the first feature directed by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release. The year is 1902, in the home of several Gullah people, descendants of African captives who escaped the slave trade to live on islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. Here, members of the Peazant family are on the verge of a planned migration to the U.S. mainland, where American modernity seems to offer a good life. Dash constructs their home as a rarefied world, possibly soon a “paradise lost,” through a masterful interplay of mise-en-scène, symbolic markers, and magical realist gestures. *Due to unforeseen circumstances, Julie Dash will not be attending the event.
This program is a co-presentation with the Queens World Film Festival which takes place March 14–19, at the Museum and other venues in Queens. For more information about the 2017 Festival, visit queensworldfilmfestival.com
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