DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
AFI Conservatory alumna Julie Dash's 1991 film was the first feature by a black female to receive a wide release in the U.S. The story centers on the Peazant family, living on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina at the turn of the century. Part of a Gullah community — former West African slaves who preserved their ancestors' Yoruba traditions — the family struggles to maintain their cultural heritage while contemplating a migration to the mainland. Shot by Arthur Jafa (who oversaw color-grading on the restoration), DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST won the Cinematography Award at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, and its visuals have influenced countless filmmakers and artists, including Beyoncé with "Lemonade." DIR/SCR/PROD Julie Dash; PROD Arthur Jafa, Steven Jones. U.S., 1991, color, 112 min. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.