Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1991 release of Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash, the first feature length film directed by an African-American woman to receive wide theatrical distribution. To celebrate and explore the film’s legacy, the Nickelodeon will present Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color, a three-day film festival featuring works by a selected group of contemporary female filmmakers of color. South Carolina Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

The festival will take place from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia. The Nick will invite and welcome a select group of emerging female filmmakers to be selected by the Nick’s staff. The festival will feature several screenings of shorts, feature films, and documentaries per day, including two celebratory screenings of Daughters of the Dust. Select screenings will include introductions, talk-backs, and/or panel discussions with the invited filmmakers.

The featured filmmakers are Garrett Bradley, Janicza Bravo, Ja’Tovia Gary, Roni Nicole Henderson, House of June, Iyabo Kwayana, Nijla Mu’min, Nefertite Nguvu, and Tchaiko Omalawe. Daughters of the Dust will be screened on both Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. (followed by a talk back with all visiting filmmakers and moderated by festival co-curator Romi Nicole Henderson) and on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m., followed by a talk back moderated by poet Nikky Finney.

For more information about the festival, including a complete schedule, visit the website at: http://daughters.nickelodeon.org/.

The festival is made possible by support from Nikky Finney and the African American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina with additional support by the Fortitude Foundation and the Richland County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, South Carolina Humanities, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.