IMAGE: Alva Rogers as Eula Peazant (right), Trula Hoosier as Trula (center), and Barbara-O as Yellow Mary Peazant in Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash. Photograph courtesy of Cohen Film Collection.

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Daughters of the Dust: Green Screen Film Series

Every Friday Night in July! Gather in the amphitheater near Wangechi Mutu’s sculpture Water Woman to watch a selection of films about powerful women and girls living near and under the water. Pack a picnic to enjoy with friends and explore the park at sunset.

Thank you to our community partner, the Mermaid Society of Texas, and to our sponsors Austin Monthly and Richard’s Rainwater and Spiked Seltzer, who will be giving away refreshments. Cold Ones Pops also available for purchase!

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a multigenerational 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 heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland.

Daughters of the Dust, the first wide release by a black female filmmaker, this acclaimed film has cast a long legacy, recently influencing Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade. This restored edition beautifully showcases the cinematography of Arthur Jafa.

Directed by Julie Dash, 1991, 112 min., PG.

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