Austin Film Society presents Daughters of the Dust
Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust is the seminal 1991 poetic drama that was a milestone in the history of American independent film. Dash was a member of the "LA Rebellion,” a group of African American filmmakers at UCLA in the 1970s who would reframe black auteur filmmaking in America.
For Daughters of the Dust, Dash found her inspiration in her own South Carolina Gullah ancestry, and created a story about Gullah family at the turn of the 20th century facing a decision to leave their home for better opportunities in the north. The film was critically celebrated as a cinematic achievement; its stunning visuals and mesmerizing soundscape painted a rich and complex picture of an under represented American culture.