Daughters of the Dust
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Daughters of the Dust
At the turn of the century, West African slaves were brought to a small island near South Carolina to labor in the indigo trade. Isolated in the swampy atmosphere, the Gullah community was built based on ancient Yoruba traditions. They spoke in a distinct dialect, a combination of English and West African languages. This unique community is explored in Julie Dash's debut feature Daughters of the Dust, a costume drama about the Peazant family, a fictional group of Gullah natives living on Ido Landing. The secluded family experiences conflicts surrounding religion, industrialization, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"With its portrayal of Black dignity, majesty and depth of character and identity, this is clearly a film of those fully in control of their own means of cultural production."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Centering on African-American women, Julie Dash's original feature was a highlight of indie cinema in the early 1990s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A brave and ravishing film that portrays a little-known society with deft, culturally specific images."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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