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Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ – 4/5. (2/3) Daughters of the Dust tells the story of the Peazant family in 1902. They are Gullah islanders and they live at Ibo Landing on St. Simons Island, which is somewhere at the South Carolina-Georgia coast. It wasn’t long ago that their elders were freed from slavery and their children are one of the first freeborns. They speak a variety of West African languages, all of these languages influenced the Gullah creole, which is the dialogue throughout the film. The story is narrated by the voice-over of an unborn child. This is the future daughter of Eli and Eula, but it is not Eli’s kid as Eula was raped by a white man on the main land. Even though the Peazants have lived in relative peace and they developed their own culture, two thirds of the family is planning to move up north to start a new life. The older ones do not want them to go, so the film surrounds the preparation and discussion between old and new and leaving or staying. There are many story lines between the Peazant family members. (read the the full article by clicking on the website link in the bio). 

In Dutch theatres as from the 1st of June 2017.
Author: Feargal Agard | Director: Julie Dash | Dutch Distributor: Full Color Entertainment
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Julie Dash’s feature debut, a regionally-specific, vividly-populated, and spectacularly shot look at the Geechee residents who inhabit South Carolina’s lushly rustic Gullah coast during the turn of the twentieth century, is, quite simply, one of the greatest films ever made. It’s also infuriatingly difficult to locate. Dash’s groundbreaking indie drama (the first feature film helmed by an African-American woman to receive theatrical distribution) centers around an extraordinary ensemble of women, including Babara O, Cora Lee Day, and Kaycee Moore, among many others, who enact three generations of an embattled Gullah family to cinematic perfection.

Few of these actresses remain active today, but Daughters spotlights them to stunning and superior effect. They each give vibrant flesh and blood to an astonishing yet widely unknown piece of history that’s illuminated not with studious simplification but a spellbinding form of cinematic immersion. Daughters of the Dust is by turns moving and mysterious, yet never less than magnificent.” — Matthew Eng

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