Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Alva Rogers
Director: Julie Dash Cast: Alva Rogers
Alva Rogers
, Barbara O
Barbara O
, Adisa Anderson
Adisa Anderson
Julie Dash

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At the turn of the century, West African slaves were brought to a small island near South Carolina to labor in the indigo trade. Isolated in the swampy atmosphere, the Gullah community was built based on ancient Yoruba traditions. They spoke in a distinct dialect, a combination of English and West African languages. This unique community is explored in Julie Dash's debut feature Daughters of the Dust, a costume drama about the Peazant family, a fictional group of Gullah natives living on Ido Landing. The secluded family experience conflicts involving religion, industrialization, and tradition. The mystical matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day) holds true to the beliefs of their ancestors, while Haagar (Kaycee Moore) can't wait to move away. Yellow Mary (Barbara O) returns from a life as a prostitute in Cuba with her girlfriend, and gets morally attacked by the reformed Christian Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce). Meanwhile, indifferent Eula (Alva Rogers) is pregnant with a baby that may or may not be the result of a rape. While the story doesn't attempt to follow a standard Eurocentric narrative, the plot revolves around a picnic on the shore in honor of the family members who chose to move to the prosperity of the north. The narrator is a spirit called the Unborn Child, who appears sometimes as a rambunctious little girl. A photographer accompanies the group to capture the events on film.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2017
UPC: 0741952827498
Original Release: 1991
Rating: NR
Source: Cohen Media Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:52:00

Special Features

Interview with Julie Dash and Dr. Stephane Dunn director of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies at Morehouse College; Q&A with director Julie Dash and actress Cheryl Bruce at the Chicago International Film Festival, moderated by actress Regina Taylor; Interview with cinematographer Arthur Jafa; Audio commentary with director Julie Dash and Michelle Materre; Re-release 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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