Water as Vehicle and Healing in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust

Presented by Len Lawson.

The 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was the first to portray the Gullah culture on film to a national audience from St. Helena Island in South Carolina. Water in the film takes on the symbol of flight, migration, and separation of the Peazant family from its roots. This lecture explores how views of water in the film shapes discourse on Gullah culture and on echoes of slavery in America.

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