Daughters of the Dust by Julia Dash (US, 1991, 112 min.)
With Allyson Nadia Field, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago—In English.
A stunning debut by director Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust was the first feature film by an African American female filmmaker to receive a general theatrical release, an achievement sullied only by the icy reception that Hollywood gave Ms. Dash, one of the UCLA Film School graduates and filmmakers born out of a time known as the L.A. Rebellion. Set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902, a Gullah family contemplates moving to the mainland, where higher quality of life, but also erasure of tradition, are inevitabilities. The loose narrative structure and vibrant depictions of the day-to-day live of the community, reflects a Nouvelle Vague sensibility. The influence of Julie Dash's first and only film has reverberated through our culture ever since, perhaps most notably in Beyoncé's Lemonade. This is an infrequently screened film, and an absolute must-see!
"Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore." –Village Voice
Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
An associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago Allyson Nadia Field’s primary research interest is African American film and is unified by two broad theoretical inquiries: how film and visual media shape perceptions of race and ethnicity, and how these media have been and can be mobilized to perpetuate or challenge social inequities. Field received an AB in art history from Stanford University, an MA in film and television studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and an AM and PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University. She was a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University.
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