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Daughters of the Dust Reviews

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October 17, 2017
Daughters damns precedent altogether, sidestepping the broad strokes of African-American history familiar from so many textbook historical dramas set during the era of antebellum slavery or the '60s Civil Rights Movement.
August 28, 2017
A ravishingly beautiful work, it presents the historically grounded story of a multi-generational Gullah family reuniting on an island off South Carolina's coast.
August 8, 2017
The restoration and re-issue of Julie Dash's masterpiece is a valuable reminder that black female filmmakers are still woefully underrepresented in contemporary cinema.
June 28, 2017
If you find yourself thirsty for more Lemonade this summer, find the time to take in a screening of Daughters of the Dust. The trip will open your eyes and your mind.
June 13, 2017
Dash drew on her own family history to fashion Daughters of the Dust and throughout, there's an unshakable sense that the viewer is being called to bear witness. Heed the call.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 5, 2017
This is balletic, operatic cinema, and a celebration of cinema itself.
June 2, 2017
This elegiac, dreamlike drama set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902 has an iron core of painful history
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2017
The film offers a poetic political vision of a society falling between the stools of progression and regression, asking whether standing off against the travesties of the antebellum American South is the only way to attain true freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 31, 2017
It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 30, 2017
It's lushly photographed and costumed, plus dreamily confusing, yet it vividly brings a past to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2017
Daughters of the Dust captures with precision and great beauty a point in history, the transition of African Americans from rural to urban at the turn of the last century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 1, 2016
Dash has created a cinematic essay that immerses her audience in a world no other film has explored.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 1, 2016
Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing.
December 1, 2016
An absorbing, spirited film that merits considerable respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2016
A poetic tribute to African culture, the oral tradition and the spirit of the Gullah people.
December 1, 2016
The stately pace serves the film's central theme - a discourse on the inevitability of change - which is enriched by much visual poetry.
December 1, 2016
Daughters' impressionistic look at the Great Migration (who will go, who will stay, and at what cost?) combines a corporeal sense of history with poetic, often indirect and allegorical underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 1, 2016
Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.
December 1, 2016
It has been filmed with astonishing visual imagination by Dash and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, however, and burrows into the minds of its female characters with a care that few recent Hollywood movies can approach.
December 1, 2016
The dialect-heavy picture makes few concessions to mainstream storytelling and is all the stronger for it.
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