Julie Dash is a legendary filmmaker who has paved the way for an entire generation of filmmakers who are pushing forward towards their artistic dreams. She broke barriers in 1992 by becoming the first African American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the United States with her critically acclaimed film Daughters of the Dust. 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 conceives of new symbols for black American struggle and resilience.”—Film Comment
On May 20th, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH will honor Julie Dash at the world premiere of the new restoration of Daughters of the Dust. This will be the 25th anniversary of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Daughters is one of the most distinctive, original independent films of the time, and Dash is one of the heroines of the modern cinema.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker
Dash will be in attendance for the screening and a post-screening Q&A which will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry. Harris-Perry is currently Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, as well as a regular contributor to the Nation and Essence.
Set in the early 1900s, Daughters offers a vivid portrait of Gullah Geechee culture, communities descended from enslaved Africans who settled along the coast and Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Arthur Jafa’s stunning color cinematography captures the last gathering of the Peazant family as the younger generation prepares to leave the island and their matriarch Nana Peazant for the promise of the mainland. With Barbara O, Alva Rogers, and Trula Hoosier. The production design is by past Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient Kerry James Marshall.
“I just wanted to explore the culture of African-American women that I was not really seeing. Everyone had to be some cool, slick jive mama, and I wanted to see something else.” – Julie Dash