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.

Daughters of the Dust: Green Screen Film Series

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. This acclaimed film was the first wide release by a black female filmmaker.

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