Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Film: “Daughters of the Dust,” introduced by Lisa B. Thompson (Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series)

Tue, October 24, 2017 | CLA 1.302E

7:30 PM

Daughters of the Dust
25th anniversary restoration
(1991, U.S., dir: Julie Dash)

With a discussion afterward. Watch the trailer

Please note updated start time and room: 7:30pm in CLA 1.302E.

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

We are proud to present the 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film “Daughters of the Dust.” The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, “Daughters of the Dust” was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.

Migration is a deeply human experience across all parts of the world, even as specific conditions of need, gender, geography, culture, and coercion frame particular journeys. The feature films in this series capture the emotions and stories of migrants in a multitude of settings. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and followed by discussion of the film and the questions it raises about migration as a common experience that can both divide and unite us. Read about the series, and view the fall 2017 program.

Films will be screened alternate Tuesdays in CLA, Glickman Conference Center. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Open to the UT Austin community and the public.

Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

 

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