Two decades ago, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust became the first film directed by an African American woman to be nationally distributed in the United States. Set in 1902, Daughters of the Dust takes place on an island off the coast of South Carolina on one of the many spots that claim to be Ibo Landing — the site where, legend has it, a ship of kidnapped Africans refused their fate as slaves and drowned themselves in their chains.
The nonlinear narrative of the movie follows a day and a half in the lives of the Peazant family, most of whom plan to relocate to the mainland United States to seek better economic opportunity. The Peazants are having one last family get-together on the beach before the departure, and the clash between old and new values plays out in the drama of the extended family.
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