BEV presents: Daughters of the Dust at HOME Manchester

BEV presents: Daughters of the Dust at HOME Manchester

Please join Birds Eye View for a screening of the newly restored Daughters of the Dust at HOME Manchester on Monday 5th June, followed by a discussion about this groundbreaking work…

Julie Dash’s landmark production is about the inter-generational struggles faced by a Gullah community living on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. After competing at Sundance in 1991, Daughters of the Dust went on to become the first feature directed by an African-American woman to receive general theatrical distribution in the US.

Much like the family at its heart, the film exists in a world somewhat of its own; its visual language is distinctive and poetic, its spoken dialogue adopts the islanders’ native creole and it draws on a cultural heritage and narrative mythos far removed from much of American independent cinema.

As the Peazant clan shapes and reshapes its identity and family members debate how to manage integration with the modern world, Dash’s portrait of the Great Migration develops a unique, polyglottal vernacular that is at once traditional and contemporary, celebratory and elegiac.

25 years after its original release, Daughters of the Dust was restored in 2016 by the Cohen Media Group in conjunction with UCLA, with colour grading work overseen by the film’s cinematographer, Arthur Jaffa. The restoration was greeted with critical acclaim upon its US release and received the Special Award at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The screening takes place on Monday 5th June and will be followed by a discussion with Mia Bays, Oscar-winning producer and director-at-large of Birds Eye View, and award-winning filmmaker Jenn Nkiru about this movie’s far-reaching influence (notably on Beyoncé’s Lemonade). Check out a trailer below and learn more here.

Daughters of the Dust is being released in UK cinemas by Park Circus.