Ava DuVernay’s film collective ARRAY will present Daughters of the Dust, the classic film from pioneer filmmaker Julie Dash at The Broad on Thursday, November 16th.   A conversation with filmmakers Dash and DuVernay will take place immediately after the screening.

ARRAY @ The Broad is a screening series featuring classic and contemporary films curated by DuVernay to explore the intersection of art, history and cultural identity.  This series engages audiences through post-screening conversations with a wide spectrum of artists and scholars.

Daughters of the Dust is the first feature directed by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release.  Dash has paved the way for an entire generation of filmmakers who are pushing forward towards their artistic pursuits.  Daughters of the Dust is set at the turn of the 20th century among South Carolina’s Gullah community, descendants of slaves who settled on the coastal islands. Notably featuring heavy use of the Gullah dialect, the unconventional story, narrated by an unborn child, follows the women of an extended family who have long preserved their beliefs, language, and traditions, but face irrevocable changes as they prepare to move to the Industrial north as part of the Great Migration.

In 1999, the 25th Annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Dash and Daughters of the Dust as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in Black Cinema in the 20th century.  In December 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joined 400 American films preserved as a National Treasures.  Daughters of the Dust went on to greatly influence subsequent black cinema and black culture, and was referenced in Beyonce’s Lemonade special for HBO.

If you are in Los Angeles, you definately don’t want to miss this screening – For more information on the event and ticket information, click HERE

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