Daughters of the Dust

Cindy is guest hosting this film, which she has seen 2 times already, and thinks enough of to see it again.  The film is at 7, so hopefully all can gather at 6:45.

Filmmaker Julie Dash will introduce a special screening of her extraordinary 1991 film Daughters of the Dust, followed by an on-stage discussion of the film and her filmmaking career. A work of spellbinding visual beauty and resonant performances, Daughters Of The Dust is a landmark of independent film, and has been designated a national cinematic treasure by the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. Daughters tells the story of a large African-American family as it prepares to move North at the dawn of the 20th Century. Against the backdrop of this epic tale, Daughters explores the unique culture of the Gullah people, descendants of slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. As the generations struggle with the decision to leave, their rich Gullah heritage and African roots rise to the surface. Daughters Of The Dust is an African-American treasure in every respect; a vitally important work by a major talent. This evening is presented in association with the Wayne State University Department of Communication, and made possible by the Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Fund in Media.

A review:

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/16/movies/review-film-daughters-of-the-dust-the-demise-of-a-tradition.html

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  • Cindy

    I enjoyed meeting everybody - a super-good group. Naturally, I thought of one more question I really want to ask Julie Dash, about the sign language/hand game Eli did. Any thoughts?

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • sylvia

      Yeah, that's a good question, I have to also agree with your interpretation. I really enjoyed the film everyone was very friendly.

      January 25, 2013

    • A

      Yes, Cindy sign language /hand gestures were used to communicate silently. My buddy is an African American artist and he confirmed this.

      January 26, 2013

  • sylvia

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    January 25, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Sorry we missed you!

    January 25, 2013

    • Dave L.

      Sorry, couldn't make this one - had to work, but I'll be at the next one!

      January 25, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Wanda we missed you. I'm so sorry!

    January 24, 2013

    • Wanda O.

      It was wonderful. I got so excited I was in my seat before I realized I hadn't 'meet up' with anyone. I'll be out again soon.

      January 25, 2013

  • Kendra

    Glad to hear this event went well... Julie Dash will be back at the DFT on Sat Feb 2 for another film retrospective.

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Jeanne D.

    Also, Cindy was a great host! :-)

    January 25, 2013

  • Jeanne D.

    It was fantastic to get to hear the film maker speak and answer questions at the end. So many Detroit connections in the making of the film!

    January 25, 2013

  • Staten T. M.

    Very good movie. Thanks for inviting me. Sorry I didnt get to meet any of you. I was the blonde hair thinish guy with glasses. In any event, I guess the theme is you cant go back but you shouldn't forget.
    Was the screen the correct size?

    January 24, 2013

    • Jeanne D.

      Sorry I didn't meet you! The friend I invited to meet up with invited two others, so I didn't really get to mingle with our group much.

      January 25, 2013

  • Natalie

    A good film, beautifully shot, depicting a segment of society few know about. The Gullah/Geechee people's culture and traditions are vaguely familiar to the average American without proper attribution. It was great to hear the writer/director/producer tell us about the Detroit connection to the production and background and history. The dessert afterglow looked delicious too!

    2 · January 24, 2013

  • Wanda O.

    I'm here!

    January 24, 2013

  • Wanda O.

    Are tickets available at the door?

    January 23, 2013

    • Cindy

      They sell tickets at the door, the only problem is when there is a very large crowd.

      January 24, 2013

    • Wanda O.

      We're on our way now.

      January 24, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Stephen, The tickets can be purchased at the event or before, online, thru the DIA site. The event address is also on this event as the location. Parking instructions and fees can be found at http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/106/DFT/directions.aspx. Parking is across John R from the entrance to the DFT, which is housed in the DIA at the back of the complex. Hope that helps.

    January 24, 2013

  • Staten T. M.

    I have never been to one of these. Please let me know where I can park? How do I get a ticket?

    January 23, 2013

  • Holly

    I can't make it tomorrow night after all...WORK!!! I bought two tickets already. anyone want to buy them off me?

    January 23, 2013

    • Marianne P.

      Holly, give me a call when you get a chance at[masked]

      January 23, 2013

    • Marianne P.

      Holly, are your tickets in will-call? And how much do I owe you for two?

      January 23, 2013

  • Staten T. M.

    Actually, a friend of mine owns an old theater in Bowling Green and is showing movies on Thursday nights. If y'all don't mind a roadtrip, I am sure I can get him to run whatever we would ask. In fact, he told me he is interested in showing more artsy or indie movies. And, it has a bar license--Brew and view.

    January 22, 2013

  • Staten T. M.

    Great! I will check it out. Thanks.

    January 22, 2013

  • Cesar

    January 22, 2013

    • A

      thanks Cesar

      January 22, 2013

  • Rebecca B

    I saw Daughters of the Dust a couple times while I was in college. I highly recommend that you read a synopsis before going to see it. The first time I saw it, I didn't know anything about it, and I was completely lost. The second time, I had done a little bit of reading first, and I found it to be a beautiful film once I understood what the heck was going on.

    January 21, 2013

    • Marianne P.

      Thank you for that suggestion. I dug a bit deeper into it last night, and now feel much better prepared to understand what might otherwise have been quite confusing.

      1 · January 22, 2013

    • Jeanne D.

      Thanks for the tip, Rebecca. I just googled it and read several synopsis, which will hopefully help. Sounds like an interesting narrative device.

      January 22, 2013

  • Staten T. M.

    Thanks for the info. Can you suggest a synopsis?

    1 · January 21, 2013

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