In 1991, Julie Dash made history when her groundbreaking film, Daughters of the Dust, became the first feature film directed by a Black woman to receive theatrical distribution in the United States.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for “Excellence in Cinematography – Dramatic”, Dash also wrote and produced the movie. Daughters of the Dust centered upon themes of Pan-Africanism, Black womanhood, memory, equity and legacy impacting a familial clan of Gullah heritage and is set in the Sea Islands at the dawn of the 20th century.
For greater enlightenment...
Books by Julie Dash
Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman’s Film by Julie Dash, Toni Cade Bambara and bell hooks
Daughters of the Dust: A Novel
Daughters of the Dust 2K Restoration (US Trailer
Julie Dash - On Daughters of the Dust 25th Anniversary Restoration
Gullah Traditions of the South Carolina Coast
PBS – Gullah Culture
A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation
NOURISH -Dr. Howard Conyers: Gullah Geechee Food Traditions
LEMONADE Trailer - HBO