An unrelenting masterpiece, 'Daughters of the Dust' takes place in the year 1902 on a coastal island in southern America. It follows generations of Gullah women who preserve strong ties to African cultural traditions and their imminent migration to the continent, which could jeopardize such memories. Dash's first feature film is emblematic in its approach of the Afro-American diaspora and the colonial traumas rooted in slavery, with a masterfully designed dreamlike atmosphere. It was the first feature film directed by a black woman filmmaker to receive commercial distribution in the USA.
Julie Dash Filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award‐winning film ‘Daughters of the Dust’, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide and general theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed ‘Daughters of the Dust’ in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures.