Daughters of the Dust [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [1991]

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Special Features

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


Daughters of the Dust
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. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Alva Rogers
    Alva Rogers - Eula Peazant
  • Barbara O
    Barbara O - Yellow Mary
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    Adisa Anderson - Eli Peazant
  • Cora Lee Day
    Cora Lee Day - Nana Peazant
  • Image coming soon
    Kaycee Moore - Haagar Peazant

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