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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  27 December 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Bahni Turpin ...
Iona Peazant
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Viola Peazant
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Mr. Snead
Tony King ...
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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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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A Swing for Change
9 May 2003 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Turning the Page for African-American Films

The mid nineteen eighties and early nineties were chock-full of films displaying discriminating evidence against the African-American community. Films such as Boyz in the Hood, Menace to Society, and Friday demonstrated a stereotypical theme of gangbanging hoodlums that settled into the minds of the nation. If films representing the African-American man weren't incriminating enough, the alternative option was misrepresentation through the music industry. Milli Vanilli, once proven unauthentic, made an embarrassing impression that is still humored on late night television. MC Hammer, LL Cool J and other music artists help to upturn the music industry with their ability to direct trends for urban culture. Artists fresh new styles were a simple antidote for one industry. However, the film industry was still rendered and in search of its hero. The hero finally came in Julie Dash's Daughter's of the Dust in 1991. A deeper search than black baggy pants had to come along for an impact to be felt. The deeper search led Julie Dash into African-American history and a peasant family from a subculture known as Gullah. Dash's poetic portrayal relieved the nation's minds of problems in the black community by celebrating its past. While the film was still very dramatic, it was able to capture the audience with its breathtaking scenes. Most famous of which was the picnic scene that the family found itself in a debate of traditional and modern ways.

This film had its twist and turns but made a lasting impression with its individuality from other films. The characters all had climatic problems, but were portrayed as free and independent from the hardships that are faced by poor urban society today. This made for a break in the downward trend of a current representation of the black community. Jokingly, this film should be more highly regarded than even MC Hammer's legendary baggy pants.


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