Daughters of the Dust

Director:   Julie Dash
Year:   1991
Language:   English
Time:   112 minutes

Set in 1902 on St Helena Island, South Carolina, this film explores the roots and development of the Gullah culture on the sea islands along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia through the lives of three generations of Gullah women. Isolated from the changes of 19th and early 20th centuries, the Gullah people maintained African folk-ways in language, story telling, food and community well into the last century.

The film was placed in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board in 2004.

Not rated

This is a special presentation as part of Shepherd University's Black History Month program and is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs. The post-film discussion led by Dr. Sylvia Shurbutt, Professor of English at Shepherd University.


About the director Julie Dash

Other background on the film

For more information on Gullah culture