Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Period drama set among the Gullah island community in the early 1900s, where ancient African traditions were still very much alive. Winner of the Cinematography Award at Sundance.

A family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions - suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).

Winner of the Cinematography Award, 1991 Sundance Film Festival
1991Rating: M, Mature Themes112 minsUK, USA
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Total Film

Total Film

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It's lushly photographed and costumed, plus dreamily confusing, yet it vividly brings a past to life.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Steeped in symbolism, superstition and myth, this disconcertingly original film is structured in tableaux which jump through time.

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The Times

The Times

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This elegiac, dreamlike drama set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902 has an iron core of painful history.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise.

5.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At certain moments we are not sure exactly what is being said or signified, but by the end we understand everything that happened - not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The film offers a poetic political vision of a society falling between the stools of progression and regression, asking whether standing off against the travesties of the antebellum American South is the only way to attain true freedom.

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It's lushly photographed and costumed, plus dreamily confusing, yet it vividly brings a past to life.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Steeped in symbolism, superstition and myth, this disconcertingly original film is structured in tableaux which jump through time.

0
The Times

The Times

press

This elegiac, dreamlike drama set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902 has an iron core of painful history.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise.

5.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At certain moments we are not sure exactly what is being said or signified, but by the end we understand everything that happened - not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Daughters of the Dust is a film with a lot on its mind, but one that wears its agendas with lyrical lightness.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The film offers a poetic political vision of a society falling between the stools of progression and regression, asking whether standing off against the travesties of the antebellum American South is the only way to attain true freedom.

4.0
0

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