Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash

United States 1991, 112 min.


Spoken language: English, Arabic, Gullah

Subtitles: Dutch

Festival year: 2018

Daughters of the Dust is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. was restored and re-released in 2016. At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions - suffers a generational split.


For Weapon of Choice, five Dutch public figures have selected a film they believe everyone needs to watch. At the festival, they explain why they each chose their film.

Daughters of the Dust is the film selected by Gloria Wekker. She is a professor emeritus for Gender and Ethnicity at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. In addition, she is the director of GEM, Expertise Center for Gender, Ethnicity and Multiculturality in higher education. In 2016, Wekker wrote the much-debated, urgently needed book White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, where she investigates the central paradox in Dutch culture in which race invokes passion and aggression, while the existence of race and racism is categorically denied.

Daughters of the Dust is part of the Weapon of Choice theme programme.


Official website: http://www.fullcolor-ent.com/index-flatiron/#/daughters-of-the-dust


American Playhouse

Dutch distribution:

Full Color Entertainment



Talkshows & debates

Daughters of the Dust: Weapon of Choice Gloria Wekker

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 21:15

Exclusively for Movies that Matter, Gloria Wekker has selected the film Daughters of the Dust. Why has this film in particular made such on impression on her and why is it important for everyone to see it? Nancy Jouwe<