Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Screening sponsored by WGS and GCWS

March 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Media Lab - E-15 Bartos Theater

Directed by Julie Dash. Screening sponsored by WGS and GCWS

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 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 visual album “Lemonade.” This is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film’s original release.

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with Sandy Alexandre, Professor of Literature at MIT.

*Otto’s pizza served at 6:30pm. Screening begins at 7:00pm