BFI to release Julie Dash’s ‘Daughters of the Dust’ back in UK cinemas on 2 June, 2017

One of the main creative inspirations for the historical imagery in Beyoncé’s recent celebrated visual album Lemonade, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust is a poignant portrait of three generations of Gullah women (descendants of West African slaves) at the turn of the 20th century, starring Barbara-O, Alva Rogers and Cora Lee Day in the central roles.

Daughters of the Dust will be released in selected UK cinemas on 2 June 2017 – and at BFI Southbank as part of its Sight & Sound Deep Focus: The Black Feminine Onscreen season – followed by Dual Format Edition Blu-ray + DVD release on 19 June.

Set in 1902, and unusually narrated by a character called Unborn Child, the film focuses on three generations of the Peazant family on St. Helena Island, descendants of African captives who escaped the slave trade to live on islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

On the verge of moving the entire family to the American mainland, the many members of the Peazant clan clash over the meaning and implications of this crossing.

The new digital restoration is from the original inter-negative and the restoration and colour grading has been approved by Julie Dash and Arthur Jafa.

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