Daughters of the Dust


1h 53m 1991
Daughters of the Dust

Brief Synopsis

Three generations of Gullah women reunite in 1902 before the family emigrates to the North.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
Experimental
Period
Release Date
1991
Production Company
American Playhouse; Duart Film And Video; J G Films Inc; Sound Trax Studios
Distribution Company
KINO INTERNATIONAL/THE COHEN MEDIA GROUP (CMG); American Playhouse; British Film Institute; Kino International; Kino Video; The Cohen Media Group
Location
Beaufort, South Carolina, USA; Georgia, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

Dawtuh is a small barrier island among hundreds along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. In the early 1900s, families of African Americans have remained isolated from the mainland on the island as they have since the first African captive was brought ashore. The Peazant family is celebrating their decision to leave and embark on a new life on the mainland. But the family patriarch Nana Peazant refuses to leave because of her deep reverence for the island, the ancestors buried there and a sense that the North will not be "the land of milk and honey" that her progeny believe it will be.

Cast

Cora Lee Day

Nana Peazant

Alva Rogers

Eula Peazant

Barbara O

Yellow Mary

Adisa Anderson

Eli Peazant

Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Viola

Geraldine Dunston

Viola'S Mother

Vertamae Grovensor

Hairbraider

Tommy Hicks

Mr Snead

Kaycee Moore

Haagar

Eartha Robinson

Myown

Cornell Royal

Daddy Mac

Catherine Tarver

Woman With Baby

Bahni Turpin

Iona Peazant

Kai-lynn Warren

The Unborn Child

Trula Hoosier

Trula

Umar Ubdurrahman

Bilal

Malik Farrakhan

Newlywed Man

Sherry Jackson

Older Cousin

Ervin Green

Baptist Minister

Marcus Humphrey

Boatman

Bernard Wilson

Boatman

Althea Lang

Newlywed Woman

Jasmine Lee

Peazant Baby

Dalisia Robinson

Peazant Baby

Willie Faulkner

Peazant Man

Joe Taylor

Peazant Man

Frank Brown

Peazant Man

Rueben Fripp

Peazant Man

Derrick Coaxum

Peazant Boy

Jared Warren

Peazant Child

Zenovia Green

Peazant Child

Taira Miller

Peazant Child

Tiffanye Hills

Peazant Child

Jamer Freeman

Pete

Detrell Freeman

Re-Pete

Vivian Dawson

Rice Husker

Inez Griffin

Rice Husker

M Cochise Anderson

St Julen Lastchild

Darrel Cook

Moss Gatherer

Julius Cook

Moss Gatherer

Benjamin Gillens

Minister'S Assistant

Ronald Daise

Processional Man

Marie Smalls

Woman Being Baptizied

Lonnie Moon

Baptismal Processional Member

Dewitt Parker

Baptismal Processional Member

Emma Robinson

Baptismal Processional Member

Taylor Thompson

Baptismal Processional Member

Virginia Green

Baptismal Processional Member

Maceo Griffin

Baptismal Processional Member

Archie Thomas

Baptismal Processional Member

Ervena Falkner

Baptismal Processional Member

J R Wilson

Baptismal Processional Member

Wilhemina Wilson

Baptismal Processional Member

Tarell Brown

(Indigo Plantation)

Shanna Parker

(Indigo Plantation)

Belle White

(Indigo Plantation)

Stanley White

(Indigo Plantation)

Maxine Royale

(Indigo Plantation)

Georgia Wiggins

(Indigo Plantation)

Carolyn Garris

(Indigo Plantation)

Ella Powell

(Indigo Plantation)

Bernice Jenkins

(Indigo Plantation)

Lilian Johnson

(Indigo Plantation)

Jackie Parker

(Indigo Plantation)

Sharria Johnson

Young Nana Peazant

Leroy Simmons

Shad Peazant; Young Daddy Mac

Afemo Omilami

Holiday Marble

Sparkle Duncan

Teddy Gross

Guadalupe Jones

Rudy Costa

Augusta Stone

Charles Burnett

Bill Summers

Performer

Manoocheher Sadeghi

Performer

Ashhd Kahn

Performer

Crew

Umar Abdurrahman

Construction Foreman

John E. Allen

Titles & Opticals

John E. Allen

Laboratory

Francis Awe

African Percussions & Vocals

Beverly Ballzigler

Other

C C Barnes

1st Assistant Director

John Barnes

Original Music Score

Doug Blush

Sound Effects Editor

Yvette Bostic

Vocalist

Nandi Bowe

1st Assistant Director

Christopher Brown

Art Assistant

Arline Burks

Costume Designer

Charles Burnett

Other

Thomas Burns

Assistant Camera Operator

Tommy Burns

2nd Assistant Camera

Joseph Burton

Editor

Micki Butler

Vocalist

Ricardo Butler

Set Dresser

Kris Campbell

Adr Editor

Veda Campbell

Sound Recordist

Amy Carey

Post-Production Supervisor

Amy Carey

Editor

Calvin Chaplan

Driver

Rose Chatterton

Makeup Supervisor

Rossie Colter

Office Assistant

Sandra Cook

Other

Rudy Costa

Other

Brian Culbertson

Art Department Production Assistant

Brian Culbertson

Driver

Ronald Daise

Gullah Language Consultant

Wanda Daise

Office Assistant

Julie Dash

Screenwriter

Julie Dash

Producer

Sergeant Whites's Diner

Catering

Maggie Duggan

Location Production Assistant

Sparkle Duncan

Other

Geraldine Dunston

Other

Pamela Ferrell

Hair Stylist

Jimmie Fielder

Camera Production Assistant

Frank M Fleming

Props Assistant

Allen Fovary

Vocalist

Ray Greene

Sound Effects Editor

Teddy Gross

Other

Nanette Guidebeck

Assistant Production Coordinator

Kevin Hamm

Key Grip

Mshinde Harris

Carpenter

Menge Hernandez

African Percussions & Vocals

Jeremy Hoenack

Recording Mixer

Melissa Sherwood Hoffman

Recording Mixer

Robert Horan

Office Assistant

Brian Lee Horle

Production Assistant/Grip

William Hudson

1st Assistant Camera

Len Hunt

Casting

Pam R Jackson

Associate Producer

Pamm Jackson

Associate Producer

Arthur Jafa

Camera Operator

Arthur Jafa

Producer

Arthur Jafa

Director Of Photography

Lorna Johnson

Location Production Assistant

Guadalupe Jones

Other

Steven Jones

Line Producer

N'jai Kai

Camera Operator

Peter Knowlton

Props Master

Ingeborg Larson

Dialogue Editor

Lindsay Law

Executive Producer

Robert Manahan

Recording Mixer

Holiday Marble

Other

Kerry Marshall

Production Designer

Albert Meggett

Carpenter

Larry Meistrich

2nd Assistant Director

Robin Melhuish

1st Additional Assistant Camera

J T Miller

Driver

Taira Miller

Adr Voice

Eric Mofford

Location Manager

Hanif Noor Mohammed

Vocalist

Russell Mondy

Location Production Assistant

Tracy Morris

Location Production Assistant

Gloria Naylor

Location Production Assistant

J Bernard Nicholas

Associate Producer

Ajani Ofunniyin

Carpenter

Afemo Omilami

Adr Voice

Jesus Pedro Orta

African Percussions & Vocals

Ernest Parks

Other

Rosa Parrilla

Vocalist

Michael Payne

Supervising Sound Editor

Melissa Peabody

Dialogue Editor

Connie Polk

Driver

Gloria Polke

Seamstress

Sharon Pryor

Camera Production Assistant

Susan L Rahn

Other

Phyliss Raynor

Office Assistant

Michael Scott Reid

Office Assistant

Dianne Richburg

Vocalist

Kathleen Richter

Production Controller

Jack Rouben

Music Mixer & Engineer

Alex Sakharov

Grip

Andrew Scheps

Assistant Engineer

Jeff Schiro

Sound Effects Editor

Bryan A Seabrook

Assistant Makeup

Sarah Shields

Driver

Sarah Shields

Location Production Assistant

Chris Sibert

Boom Operator

Larry Sims

Production Assistant/Grip

Valentina Soares

Vocalist

Willard Stephens

Special Effects

Sabrina Stephenson

Sound Effects Editor

Bill Summers

African Percussions & Vocals

R E Henry Sunshine

Camera Truck Driver/Grip

Blanche Sypher

Craft Services

Tiffany Taylor

Set Costumer

J Miller Tobin

2nd Assistant Director

Valarie Van Norte

Grip

Alex Vlacos

Gaffer

Keith Ward

Dailies Editor

Floyd Webb

Associate Producer

Diogenette Williams

Art Department Production Assistant

Michael Kelly Williams

Art Director

Wilhamine Wilson

Wardrobe Assistant

Kenneth Wright

Transportation Captain

Teresa M. Yarbrough

Production Coordinator

Joseph Zappala

Sound Effects Editor

Videos

Movie Clip

Daughters Of The Dust (1991) - I Am The First And The Last Following a prologue on the Gullah communities off South Carolina and Georgia, director Julie Dash explores island life, with Philadelphian Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce) and photographer Snead (Tommy Hicks) returning to visit cousins Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) and others, in Daughters Of The Dust, 1991.
Daughters Of The Dust (1991) - This Is The Seed Time Of Life As family celebrations continue on St. Simons island, Georgia, 1902, cousin Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce), a fervent Christian visiting from Philadelphia, reads scripture as Yellow Mary visits with family matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day), in writer-producer-director Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust, 1991.
Daughters Of The Dust (1991) - Open, Gullah Communities Opening credits with an introduction to the distinctive original score by John Barnes, then a prologue about the Gullah inhabitants of Sea Island, Georgia, the setting for writer-producer-director Julie Dash’s celebrated turn-of-the-20th century family portrait, Daughters Of The Dust, 1991.
Daughters Of The Dust (1991) - Like The Water Was Solid Ground Continuing the non-linear examination of the reunion of the Gullah Peazant family of Sea Island, Georgia, in 1902, pregnant Eula (Alva Rodgers), victim of a rape by a white man, speaks now for and about her unborn child, who narrated earlier in a female voice, recounting a legend, as her husband Eli (Adisa Anderson) finds the floating African statue, Ervin Green the minister on the beach, in Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust, 1991.
Daughters Of The Dust (1991) - Respect Your Ancestors As the Peazant family enjoys a reunion on St. Simons island, Georgia, 1902, grandson Eli (Adisa Anderson), contemplating a move to the mainland, visits with grandmother Nana (Cora Lee Day), who has firm instructions, in Daughters Of The Dust, 1991, from writer, producer and director Julie Dash.

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Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
Experimental
Period
Release Date
1991
Production Company
American Playhouse; Duart Film And Video; J G Films Inc; Sound Trax Studios
Distribution Company
KINO INTERNATIONAL/THE COHEN MEDIA GROUP (CMG); American Playhouse; British Film Institute; Kino International; Kino Video; The Cohen Media Group
Location
Beaufort, South Carolina, USA; Georgia, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Articles

Daughters of the Dust


Three generations of Gullah women reunite in 1902 before the family emigrates to the North.
Daughters Of The Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Three generations of Gullah women reunite in 1902 before the family emigrates to the North.

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 15, 1992

Re-released in United States November 18, 2016

Shown at Brooklyn Museum in New York City as part of program "The L.A. Rebellion" January 15 - February 6, 1994.

Shown at Filmfest Munich (Independent Program) June 1991.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (First Cinema) September 5-14, 1991.

Feature directorial debut for acclaimed filmmaker Julie Dash. This marks the first feature by an African American woman to receive commercial theatrical release in the US.

Received the Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.

Broadcast over PBS on "American Playhouse" July 22, 1992.

Began shooting October 17, 1989.

Completed shooting November 19, 1989.

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Brooklyn Museum in New York City as part of program "The L.A. Rebellion" January 15 - February 6, 1994.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown in New York City (BAM Rose Cinema) as part of program "The Feminine Eye: Twenty Years of Women's Cinema" January 28 - February 7, 1999.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "Kino International Retrospective" January 6-27, 2000.)

Released in United States Winter January 15, 1992

Selected in 2004 for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States 2012

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States January 24, 1991

Released in United States June 1991

Released in United States on Video September 25, 1992

Released in United States September 1991

Released in United States 2012 (Collection)

Released in United States January 24, 1991 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah January 24, 1991.)

Released in United States June 1991 (Shown at Filmfest Munich (Independent Program) June 1991.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (First Cinema) September 5-14, 1991.)

Released in United States on Video September 25, 1992

Re-released in United States November 18, 2016

"The Feminine Eye" program celebrates New York Women in Film and Televsion's 20th anniversary.