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Daughters of the Dust (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


In South Carolina’s Sea Islands at the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family of the Gullah community – 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 and 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 opened in 1991. The film and its legacy still resonates, most recently as a major influence in Beyonce’s video album Lemonade. This new restoration of Julie Dash’s landmark film, completed by Cohen Media Group in conjunction with UCLA and overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, means audiences will finally see the film exactly as the director intended.

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Special Features

Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Audio commentary with Julie Dash and Michelle Materre
An Interview with Julie Dash (2017, 72 mins): The director in conversation with Dr Stephane Dunn
Q&A with director Julie Dash and actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce (2017, 25 mins): From the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival, moderated by actress Regina Taylor
An Interview with Arthur Jafa (2017, TBC mins): The cinematographer interviewed by Karen Alexander
2016 theatrical trailer
Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Jennifer DeClue and Gaylene Gould


Bluray, DVD