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Daughters of the Dust Reviews

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Craig Tomashoff
People Magazine
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-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 1, 2016
Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
December 1, 2016
An absorbing, spirited film that merits considerable respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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.
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Durga Chew-Bose
Globe and Mail
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
December 1, 2016
The dialect-heavy picture makes few concessions to mainstream storytelling and is all the stronger for it.
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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2016
Its examination of a bygone way of life is so patient and evocative, so beholden to its own storytelling conventions and rhythms, that watching it is a bit like submitting to a form of time travel.
Matt Prigge
November 18, 2016
Then and today it plays like a beloved song whose words you never learned but which still occupies a profound part of your existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 17, 2016
Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
November 14, 2016
It's as much a cinematic probe, and a challenge to mythologizing past eras, as it is an ancestral history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 14, 2016
Dash's boldly imaginative, ecstatically visionary drama ... is one of the best of all American independent films; she turns one family's experience of the Great Migration into a vast mythopoetic adventure.
Josh Larsen
October 7, 2016
...thrums with a truly independent spirit and a dreamy ebullience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
April 7, 2011
Centering on African-American women, Julie Dash's original feature was a highlight of indie cinema in the early 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
The resources of the beautiful locations are exploited to the utmost, and [director Julie] Dash can be credited with an original, daring, and sincere conception.
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January 26, 2006
Steeped in symbolism, superstition and myth, this disconcertingly original film is structured in tableaux which jump through time.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
A brave and ravishing film that portrays a little-known society with deft, culturally specific images.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Grounding Daughters of the Dust are forceful performances from all of the Peazant women, especially Cora Lee Davis, Barbara O and Alva Rodgers. These three actresses are utterly unselfconscious emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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