The Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema, will host “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color,” a festival celebrating and exploring the legacy of Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust that will take place Nov. 11-13, 2016, and will feature works and appearances by a select group of contemporary female filmmakers of color.

The festival will feature nine emerging female filmmakers of color from around the United States in different stages of their filmmaking careers to screen their work and participate in conversations about the field in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust (the first feature-length film directed by an African-American woman, Julie Dash, to receive national theatrical distribution).  Festival screenings will include introductions, talk-backs and panel discussions with the nine filmmakers.

“As movements like #OscarsSoWhite have made apparent, filmmakers of color continue to face significant barriers to participation and success in the film industry.  We are hosting this festival to both mark this anniversary but also draw attention to some of the most interesting women working in the field right now.” – Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre

This landmark festival is made possible by support from Nikky Finney and the African American Studies Program in the College of Art and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Daughters is co-curated by the Nickelodeon’s managing director, Seth Gadsden, and Columbia filmmaker and artist, Roni Nicole Henderson.

“Julie Dash, in offering this trans-generational narrative, amplifies the magic of memory and matriarchal lineage.  In spite of the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade, the memory and therefore, the magic, of Africa survived. That image of a beautiful little black girl, a blue ribbon and plaits bouncing, was the Peazant family’s future, but she was also my own.” – Roni Nicole Henderson

For more information about the filmmakers and the festival, visit the official Daughters festival website at

Daughters filmmakers:

  • Garret Bradley, New Orleans
  • Janicza Bravo, New York City
  • Ja’Tovia Gary, New York City
  • Roni Nicole Henderson, Columbia, South Carolina
  • House of June, Atlanta
  • Iyabo Kwayana, Chicago
  • Nijla Mu’min, Oakland, California
  • Nefertite Nguvu, Newark, New Jersey
  • Tchaiko Omawale, Los Angeles





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