Thursday, February 17, 2011

Library Video of the Week, February 21, 2011

Daughters of the Dust, starring Alva Rogers, Barbara O. Jones and Cora Lee Day. Directed by Julie Dash. Library Call Number: PN1995.9.N4D29 1999.

          An independent film recently named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, Daughters of the Dust traces the history of the Gullah people, former slaves who lived an isolated existence on the barrier islands of Georgia. With a distinct dialect and cultural heritage stretching back to Africa, the story tells the tale of onf family's migration north in 1902, searching for a better life, the problems of assimilation and the proud heritage they refuse to leave behind.
          When the film was released in 1999, Siskel and Ebert gave it “Two Thumbs Up! A haunting film rich in visual beauty. A mystical examination of what it means to honor and cherish family."

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