Added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2004.
A film of spellbinding visual beauty and brilliant resonant performances, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST has become a landmark of independent film. With great lyricism, DAUGHTERS tells the story of a large African-American family as it prepares to move north in the early 1900s. Using this simple tale, the film brings to life the changing values, conflicts and struggles that confront every family as they leave their homeland for the promise of a new and better future. In addition to this emotionally charged epic drama explores the unique culture of the Gullah people, descendants of slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. As the generations struggle with the decision to leave, their rich Gullah heritage and African roots rise to the surface. Amongst a score of extraordinary performances are Cora Lee Day as Nana, the matriarch of the peasant clan, Alva Rogers as Eula, who has been raped by a white landowner, and Barbara-O as Yellow Mary, a woman of the world who has come home "ruint" from Cuba. DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST is an African-American treasure; a vitally important work by a major directing talent.
Cast & Crew
- Umar Abdurrahamn - Bilal Muhammad
- Adisa Anderson - Eli Peazant
- Cheryl Lynn Bruce - Viola Peazant
- Cora Lee Day - Nana Peazant
- Malik Farrakhan - Newlywed Man
- Reverend Ervin Green - Baptist Minister
- Vertamae Grosvenor - Hair Braider
- Tommy Redmond Hicks - Mr. Snead
- Trula Hoosier - Trula
- Sherry Jackson - Older Cousin
- Kaycee Moore - Haagar Peazant
- Barbara O - Yellow Mary
- Alva Rogers - Eula Peazant
- Cornell Royal - Daddy Mack Peazant
- Bahni Turpin - Iona Peazant
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loved it, reminded me who I am. thank you
The truest account I've seen. Lovely!
Amazing! A must see movie for all cultures.