Daughters of the Dust is a seminal work of African American cinema and an absolute must for Black History Month! The first film directed by an African American woman to receive a theatrical release in the US was remastered and re-released in HD in 2016. Available on Netflix or on DVD and Blu-ray it is a multi-layered tale of tradition, the pain of American slavery and both hope and cynicism about the future. Gorgeously shot in South Carolina featuring an incredibly talented multi-generational cast auteur director Julie Dash created a unique film back in 1991 which would go on to influence Beyonce’s Lemonade, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and a whole slew of African American woman getting to see one of their stories being told on the big screen. Today it remains visually arresting, emotionally charged and also wonderfully enigmatic, demanding repeat viewings.
On a very different Black History Month note, our next film is SOUL VENGEANCE aka WELCOME HOME BROTHER CHARLES where a man experimented on in prison get murderous revenge with his… well, you’ll have to watch it.