Daughters of the Dust
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Daughters of the Dust
Gullah Island is located off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina and is home to a unique group of people who speak a dialect based on the West African languages spoken by their forefathers who were brought to the Caribbean as slaves. The residents have also managed to preserve many of the West African tribal traditions. This drama offers a fascinating, insightful look into their lives as it tells the story of an island family as it tries to decide whether or not to stay there and live in poverty or take their chances on the mainland.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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