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Daughters of the Dust


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Daughters of the Dust

The 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film Daughters of the Dust finally comes to the Burns! The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. The film still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album Lemonade. Taking place at the dawn of the 20th century, the film follows a multi-generational family in the Gullah community–former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions–and their struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore. Restored for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.

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Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)


Intro by Ja’Tovia Gary
Intro by Ja’Tovia Gary
Wednesday, Jan. 25 2017, 7:00
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...the film is an extended, wildly lyrical meditation on the power of African cultural iconography and the spiritual resilience of the generations of women who have been its custodians.

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