- Kino International
Set in 1902 and filmed on South Carolina’s Saint Helena Island, Daughters of the Dust presents a summery, languorous series of scenes emphasizing three generations in the Gullah community. Speaking their own language in a non-linear story, the women meditate on how their world apart may disappear if they move to the mainland. Writer-director Julie Dash based the project on her own family history, and thanks to funding from PBS’ American Playhouse, this became the first feature directed by an African-American woman to receive a general release.
Drafted into the National Film Registry in 2004 and screening locally as part of Texas Public Radio’s Cinema Tuesdays series, the film is a clear visual inspiration for Beyonce’s Lemonade and remains as graceful, refreshing and privileged a glimpse into an alternate black reality as Black Panther, though without all the fighting.
$10-$15 suggested donation, Tue Jun 19, 7:30pm, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8977, tprcinema.org.
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