On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its initial presentation at the Sundance Film Festival (January 1991), a new restoration of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” is currently traveling the USA on a screening tour around the country which will continue throughout the year.
Cohen Media Group, who restored the film – with special thanks to the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which was color grade approved by cinematographer Arthur Jafa (who shot the film) – is handling its re-release.
One of the most significant films in the last quarter century of cinema, it’s wonderful to see Dash’s work back on the big screen for audiences new and old, to witness firsthand the first US feature film made by an African American woman to see wide theatrical release.
Set in the early 1900s, “Daughters” is a vivid portrait of Gullah Geechee culture – communities descended from enslaved Africans who settled along the coast and Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The film captures the last gathering of the Peazant family as the younger generation prepares to leave the island and their matriarch, Nana Peazant (Cora Lee Day), for the promise of the mainland.
The film features the stunning color cinematography of Arthur Jafa, and production design by Kerry James Marshall.
Check out a brand new 25th anniversary poster (above) and HD trailer of the restored version of the film (below), and then take a look at the currently confirmed 2017 screenings to find out if it’s coming to a theater near you:
And here are the confirmed 2017 screenings of the film, courtesy of Cohen Media: