Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Director: Julie Dash

Cast: Alva Rogers, Barbara O, Adisa Anderson

     
 

An independent film brought to DVD, this digital-transfer version comes in widescreen letterbox format (1.85:1) single-layered with English-only Dolby 2.0 Surround Audio. Special features include an audio commentary by the writer/director; a making-of featurette called "Touching Our Own Spirit"; footage of ten extra scenes dropped from the theater version of the film;… See more details below

Overview

An independent film brought to DVD, this digital-transfer version comes in widescreen letterbox format (1.85:1) single-layered with English-only Dolby 2.0 Surround Audio. Special features include an audio commentary by the writer/director; a making-of featurette called "Touching Our Own Spirit"; footage of ten extra scenes dropped from the theater version of the film; a music-only option (sound effects included); an excerpt from Spencer Williams' The Blood of Jesus; an interview with historian Robert Farris Thompson; and the theatrical trailer. Picture quality is adequate, but the film is visually rich.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Even with a meager budget, director Julie Dash manages to visually capture a unique time and place in the historical epic Daughters of the Dust. Rich images of long white lacy dresses, a grandmother's indigo-dyed hands, and a soul food buffet on a seashore create a vivid context for entering into the Peazant family's memories. The narrative itself is a collection of memories, as remembered by the Unborn Child, offering a connection to both the past and future. Not following a traditional plot line, it instead evokes feelings of the excitement and confusion of an isolated community coming into contact with the outside world. The presence of the photographer suggests that the memories are being created and recalled simultaneously. The story is difficult to follow anyway, and it doesn't help that the characters speak in the Gullah dialect, which makes use of subtitles. Dash did extensive research about this extraordinary community, including her own family history. The historical information isn't presented clearly, so it is sure to cause confusion for the casual viewer. However, with the help of cinematographer Arthur Jafa, the compelling images compensate for lack of narrative cohesion. For a lyrical and atmospheric tribute filled with playful storytelling, Daughters of the Dust offers a rewarding cinematic experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
UPC:
0738329013325
Original Release:
1992
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Letterbox (1.85:) digital transfer; Audio commentary by writer/director Julie Dash; "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; Isolated musical score by John Barnes; Excerpt of Spencer Williams' "The Blood of Jesus" (1941); An interview with historian Robert Farris Thompson; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alva Rogers Eula Peazant
Barbara O Yellow Mary
Adisa Anderson Eli Peazant
Cora Lee Day Nana Peazant
Kaycee Moore Haagar Peazant
Eartha Robinson Myown
Bahni Turpin Iona Peazant
Cheryl Lynn Bruce Viola
Trula M. Marcus Companion
Trula Hoosier Trula
Sherry Jackson Older Cousin
Joe Taylor Peazant Man
Raymond Paige Baptismal Procession
Stanley White Indigo Plantation

Technical Credits
Julie Dash Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Barnes Score Composer
Nandi Bowe Asst. Director
Arline Burks Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Burton Editor
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Carey Editor
Arthur Jafa Cinematographer,Producer
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Kerry Marshall Production Designer
Larry Meistrich Asst. Director
Michael Kelly Williams Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [6:45]
2. Voice of the Unborn Child [8:57]
3. "Call on Those Old Africans" [8:19]
4. The Unborn Child's Arrival [9:41]
5. "No Surprises Here, Young Mary" [7:54]
6. "You Rea' Backwater Geechee Girl" [11:40]
7. Haagar Speaks Her Mind [10:06]
8. The Indigo Plantation [10:38]
9. The Legend of Ibo Landing [13:07]
10. "There Must Be a Bond" [12:24]
11. Root Revival of Love [4:49]
12. Departure [7:10]
0. "Touching Our Own Spirit: Chapter Listings"
1. Opening Titles [3:10]
2. Inspiration [4:27]
3. Scouting Locations [3:10]
4. Ibo Landing [:55]
5. The Cast [4:28]
6. Preproduction [5:46]
7. Art Direction [7:25]
8. Shooting Begins [13:41]

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