Daughters of the Dust 1991"Daughters of the Dust", Julie Dash's magical debut feature, captures a sad, thrilling moment of transformation for a community of Gullahs, who are the descendants of African slaves who lived on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. On an August day in 1902, several generations of the Peazant family are preparing to move to the U.S. mainland, bidding farewell to their island home and the vibrant, uniquely African-influenced culture they've succeeded in keeping alive. As the entire family gathers together for potentially the last time, the seemingly joyous occasion is filled with numerous emotions as the pending unknown evokes feelings of doubt, sadness and pride within the clan.

Dash's landmark film Daughters of the Dust was in 1991 the first feature length film helmed by an African American woman to gain a wide theatrical release. It's notable that Dash didn't just direct this elegiac depiction of Gullah Islanders, she also wrote and co-produced it, offering an impeccably rich and nuanced view of a culture that few "outsiders" have ever even known about, let alone experienced.

Director: Julie Dash
Cast: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao
Country: USA, UK
Genre: Drama, Romance

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:51:39 | 7.31 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none

Extras:
-- Audio commentary by writer/director Julie Dash
-- Isolated musical score by John Barnes
-- Touching our own spirit: the making of Daughters of the dust, a new documentary featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
-- Never-before-seen footage from the preliminary version of the film
-- Deleted scenes
-- Excerpt of Spencer Williams' The blood of Jesus (1941)
-- Interview with historian Robert Farris Thompson
-- Theatrical trailer

2 x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:52:15 | 34 Gb + 27.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none

Extras:

Disc One
-- Audio Commentary with Director Julie Dash and Michelle Materre

Disc Two
-- Interview with Julie Dash and Dr. Stephane Dunn, Director of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies at Morehouse College (1080p; 1:12:08) is a far reaching discussion which has some interesting comments from Dash about the research she did for the film.
-- Q & A with Director Julie Dash and Cheryl Lynn Bruce at the Chicago International Film Festival, Moderated by Actress Regina Taylor (1080p; 24:51) is another really interesting interview, with Dash celebrating some of the women directors who influenced her.
-- Interview with Cinematographer Arthur Jafa(1080p; 25:23) offers a congenial Jafa discussing his matriculation into film from the world of architecture.
-- 2016 Re-Release Trailer (1080p; 1:35)

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