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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

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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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Cora Lee Day ... Nana Peazant
Alva Rogers ... Eula Peazant
Barbarao ... Yellow Mary
Trula Hoosier ... Trula
Umar Abdurrahamn ... Bilal Muhammad
Adisa Anderson ... Eli Peazant
... Haagar Peazant
... Iona Peazant
... Viola Peazant
Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Mr. Snead
... 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 bastions of these mores in America. Set in 1902. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | History | Romance

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27 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Córki pylu  »

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$4,624, 5 January 1992, Limited Release

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

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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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Brief history of Julie Dash and film setting
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Julie Dash grew up in Long Island, New York and graduated from CCNY right after high school with a degree in film production. Dash moved to L.A. only to be rejected by UCLA's film department, but later accepted as a student of the American Film Institute through a fellowship. Grants then started rolling in and Dash was able to begin writing and shooting films which revolved around true historical portrayals and images of African woman such as depicted in Daughters of the Dust. This film was written, directed and then released by Julie Dash in 1991. The historical context of this film stretches from the time of the slave trade up to the summer of 1902, when the Peazant family left an island off the coast of South Carolina and headed north for the mainland. I would consider this film to be within the genre of modern melodrama because of the overly emotional acting styles, complex plot, long monologues and excellent musical score which seems to parallel the moods in each scene perfectly. I also found the mis en scene, as far as the setting, costume, figure movement and expression and cinematography to be very well done. This is an intense film definitely worth watching.


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