Daughters of the Dust
05/20/2016 - 05/21/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“Daughters conceives of new symbols for black American struggle and resilience.”—Film Comment
The Wex is honored to host Julie Dash and the world premiere of the new restoration of her groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust, on the 25th anniversary of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The first US feature by an African American woman to see wide theatrical release, Daughters is “one of the most distinctive, original independent films of the time,” writes New Yorker’s Richard Brody, and Dash “one of the heroines of the modern cinema.”
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. Arthur Jafa’s stunning color cinematography 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. With Barbara O, Alva Rogers, and Trula Hoosier. The production design is by past Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient Kerry James Marshall.