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DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 6:00 PM
In 1902, an extended family on one of the Sea Islands, off the cost of South Carolina, prepares to migrate even further from their roots. Part of Women's March: Pioneers program
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General Admission Adult Evening - $9.00
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50

 
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Screening followed by moderated discussion with Deborah Whaley, Professor of American Studies, University of Iowa.

“It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise. At times it reminded me of Chekhov, or maybe a performance of Shakespeare's Tempest."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“In the hands of director Julie Dash, this nonlinear film becomes visual poetry, a wedding of imagery and rhythm that connects oral tradition with the music video. It's an astonishing, vivid portrait not only of a time and place, but of an era's spirit."
- Rita Kempley, The Washington Post

“A film of spellbinding visual beauty." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gulluh community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions - struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

Julie Dash's landmark film, the first wide release by a black female filmmaker, was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it it opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, Daughters of the Dust still resonates today, most recently serving as a major influence on Beyonce's video album Lemonade.