‘Daughters of the Dust’: Why the Movie That Inspired ‘Lemonade’ Is Back
Discussion lead by: Ytasha Womack author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
How does a film like Daughters of the Dust fit into an AfroFuturist conversation? We explore that question in our Feb 3 screening and discussion at SMG Chatham Theaters in Chicago. Come out and Join US, 7pm 2/2/2017
For a 25-year-old period drama about a multigenerational African-American family concerned with preserving its past while heading into an unknown future, Daughters of the Dust couldn’t be timelier — and the 1991 movie may finally be having its moment. Chronicling the Peazants, who in 1902 are departing their beloved Dawtuh Island off the East Coast to venture to the U.S. mainland, this poetic, poignant indie has long been overlooked — a movie more rhapsodized about than actually seen. That changes when Daughters returns in a gorgeous restoration, its influence and relevance never more undeniable.