From February 3 – 23, BAMcinématek presents a selection of shorts and features directed by black women between 1970 and 1991. The recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” prompted the series, which includes an array of rarely seen works.
“Julie Dash’s gorgeous evocation of early-20th century Gullah life chronicles three generations of women in the Peazant family — descendants of slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina — as several prepare to leave home to migrate north. Steeped in the language, culture, and customs of the Gullah people, ‘Daughters of the Dust’ is a dreamy, at times mystic, celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood. Its sumptuous images (which were a widely cited key influence on Beyoncé’s visual album ‘Lemonade’) shimmer anew in this ravishing restoration.” (BAM)