Films at AAMP: Daughters of the Dust Screening & Artists Talk
Friday, May 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free with RSVP
In conjunction with our latest special exhibition, Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration presented in collaboration with Scribe Video Center, theAfrican American museum in Philadelphia presents a special screening of the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s landmark film, Daughters of the Dust.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah 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. The story unfolds over the course of a family picnic, the last supper. Along the way, the film saturates us with impressionistic colors, African symbolism, Geechee-Gullah rituals, cooking, dialect, and the sound of field cries, all expressing the complex resonances of the Lowcountry lifestyle.
The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy,Daughters of the Dust still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences can now see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.
This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Art Sanctuary’s month long Celebration of Black Arts festival lineup. Doors for this event will open at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the event will kick off with a Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration artist talk, which will be followed by the film screening. RSVP today!


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