Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Daughters of the Dust

1991, Julie Dash, USA/UK, 112 min. With Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 25th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 25th 4:15pm
  • Sat, Nov 26th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Nov 27th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 28th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 30th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 1st 8:00pm
First Chicago run! New restoration!

“A film of spellbinding visual beauty…an extended, wildly lyrical meditation on the power of African cultural iconography and the spiritual resilience of the generations of women who have been its custodians.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Distinctive, original…every image, every moment is a full creation…Dash is one of the heroines of the modern cinema.” — Richard Brody, New Yorker

A film of breathtaking beauty and haunting cultural resonance, this landmark independent film by the first African American woman to ever receive theatrical distribution in the U.S. returns in a fully remastered restoration on the 25th anniversary of its release. On a summer day in 1902, a large African American family descended from slaves gathers for one last picnic in their Sea Island home on the eve of their move North. The knowledge and mystical traditions of the clan’s West African heritage are manifest in the women of the family, from the matriarch Nana to the unborn baby girl in her granddaughter’s womb, as the family confronts the conflicts and challenges of a new century. In English and Gullah dialect with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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