The Battle for Representation: Daughters of the Dust (12A)
2 June 2017
Cited as a major influence on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, this spellbinding feature by director Julie Dash follows the Gullah community living on Ibo Landing, an island off of the coast of South Carolina, as they struggle to preserve their identity at the turn of the twentieth century.
‘We are two people in one body. The last of the old and the first of the new.’ These are the words of Nana Peazant, one of the Gullah islanders contemplating what a move to the mainland would mean – tradition clashing into modernity. With absorbing visuals and poetic narration, Daughters of the Dust delves into the minds of its female characters as they embark on their migration to mainland USA, paying tribute to culture, spirit and tradition of the Gullah people.
US 1991 Dir Julie Dash 107 min
Restored digital print