"My story begins on the eve of my family's migration north. My story begins before I was born. My great grandmother, Nana Peazant, saw her family coming apart. Her flowers to bloom in a distant frontier."In the film and in reality, as many of the people emigrated to the mainland and North, those who stayed on the islands held fast to the traditions and customs of their African-infused lives.
“My mommy and daddy stayed behind, with Yellow Mary. We remain behind, growing older, wiser, stronger.” -- the Unborn Child“By using a not-yet-born major character/narrator, Dash demonstrates the Gullah/African sense of the connectedness of past, present, and future,” writes Joel R. Brouwer in his 1995 African American Review article, “Repositioning: Center and Margin in Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust.” If you’re lucky enough to attend the Sundance Film Festival this year, you can see Daughters of the Dust at 3 p.m., Monday, January 23, at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah. (Although the last time I checked, there’s a waiting list to get in.) Check out How to Buy Tickets to see Sundance Film Festival films. Read the Scene Log for the film.