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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1991 (USA)
Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cora Lee Day ...
Nana Peazant
Alva Rogers ...
Eula Peazant
Barbarao ...
Yellow Mary
Trula Hoosier ...
Trula
Umar Abdurrahamn ...
Bilal Muhammad
Adisa Anderson ...
Eli Peazant
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Haagar Peazant
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Iona Peazant
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Viola Peazant
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Mr. Snead
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Newlywed Man (as Malik Farrakhan)
Cornell Royal ...
Daddy Mack Peazant
Vertamae Grosvenor ...
Hair Braider
Sherry Jackson ...
Older Cousin
Ervin Green ...
Baptist Minister (as Reverend Ervin Green)
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Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastion of these mores in America. Set in 1902. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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27 December 1991 (USA)  »

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$1,642,436 (USA)
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Selected to the Library of Congress National Registry of Film in 2004. See more »

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[first lines]
Nana Peazant: I am the first and the last. I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am the whore and the holy one. I am the wife and the virgin. I am the barren one and many are my daughters. I am the silence that you can not understand. I am the utterance of my name.
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Haunting and elegant
26 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the finest black films of the last twenty years. Julie Dash has created an evocative portrait of African American life that still holds an African past in the cradle of everyday life. The film is also a brilliant depiction of gender relations in black communities. Daughters of the Dust presents a vital, spiritual, and haunting portrait of black women, their agency and their connection to a nurturing ancestral past. Very few films about black people seriously explore the deep spiritual connections between Old and New World, and fewer still look so carefully at a particular community. The Gullah people of the Sea Islands are a group that remains largely unknown in both mainstream and black culture. As group that has clearly adapted to life in a new place, they still demonstrate powerful connections to an African past. In their adaptation and connection, they show the strength and resilience of black communities and cultures.


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