At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina, former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors Yoruba traditions, struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland.
The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, Daughters of the Dust still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonces visual album Lemonade. This is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the films original release.
Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with Sandy Alexandre, Professor of Literature at MIT.
Pizza served at 6:30pm
WOMEN TAKE THE REEL is a FREE roaming film festival.
SPONSORED BY: MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies; the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies; Boston College Women's and Gender Studies Program; Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program; Northeastern University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Simmons College Department of Women's and Gender Studies; Tufts University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; UMass Boston Women's and Gender Studies Department; Emerson College Department of Visual and Media Arts; and Lesley University.