Daughters of the Dust

1991, Drama, 1h 54m

78 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Daughters of the Dust addresses its weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture. Read critic reviews

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina -- former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions -- suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).

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Audience Reviews for Daughters of the Dust

  • Oct 13, 2008
    A Top Ten Independent Film In My Book. Outstanding movie, a eye opener to some unkown history in the United States. Acting was incredable, Kino always has good productions. If you can find it buy it, Or Rent from Net Flix.
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  • Feb 02, 2008
    A very unique film and a valuable addition to the canon of great films on slavery.
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  • Jan 23, 2008
    Director Julie Dash's first feature. This was named one of the 50 greatest movies by black directors in The Black Film Canon by slate.com. This picture offers a chance to observe a unique culture and place and time that as far as I know has rarely been portrayed in cinema. Therefore it also offers a chance for the audience to build skills of empathy. I am not familiar with anyone in the cast, but the matriarchal Peazant family with many mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and niece relationships are well portrayed. In 1902 on the islands off the coast of South Carolina African folk-ways were maintained and this was known as Gullah culture. There are characters who are still connected to African pagan customs and magic, characters who have embraced Islam's influence, and characters who have received some education near white society on the mainland who have been converted to Christianity, and they all live together in relatively close quarters on this island. The narration is often poetically trying to describe memories. Visually it is full of earthy beach tones and many dreamy sequences.
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