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.
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
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