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Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust
Drama, History, Romance | 1991 | PG. 1hr 52min

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. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).

Screens with SKINFOLK: Sheree's Story directed by Tacoma filmmaker CHIMAERA. Filmmakers will be in attendance, including subject and Tacoma resident Sheree Cooks (at the evening screening).


SKINFOLK is a grassroots collaborative multi-sensory cultural "skinography" project dedicated to archiving and celebrating the powerful headwrap journeys of Black communities throughout the African Diaspora using photojournalism, documentary filmmaking, and interactive media.


CHIMAERA is a Northwest-based multimedia artist, storyteller, curator, producer, community organizer and educator from Tacoma, WA working in solidarity with communities most impacted by systemic oppression and generational trauma. Since 2001, they have organized for healing justice at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability with youth-serving organizations in Washington state and California.

CHIMAERA founded Cathartic Muse as an narrative justice incubator for independent media makers using radical storytelling and interactive offerings focused on generational healing to hold space for and bear witness to cathartic stories of reverence, reclamation and resistance.

Their most recent work includes: Creative Resistance and Expression (CREW) Workshop for youth filmmakers (2018), Gentrification: the Real Impact of Development in Hilltop documentary (CREW, 2018), SKINFOLK documentary series (2019), Reclaiming Media Making As A Liberatory Practice workshop in partnership with The Creative Advantage Institute (2019), Memoirs from the Diaspora screening and artist panel in partnership with Seattle Public Library (2019), Central District: Wa Na Wari (Vanishing Seattle, 2019), and Wondaland Ball (Ghetto Heaven Collective, 2020). They are currently working on the short documentary, We Are Rainier Valley, in partnership with Communities of Opportunity-Rainier Valley coalition, that highlights the anti-displacement strategies of five community-based organizations in south Seattle.

CHIMAERA is focused on exposing the lasting impacts of gentrification on marginalized communities from the point of view of the displaced, educating the public about the staggering health inequities inflicted on communities destabilized by rapid development through their racial equity consulting work, and invoking the cultural legacies of displaced residents through film and immersive storytelling. 

Part of our Black History Month programming. 

You must watch Daughters because you will not find a film like it anywhere. It's like some rare bird that's not only striking because of its unusual colors but because of the perfection of its form.
Charles Mudede, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Its examination of a bygone way of life is so patient and evocative, so beholden to its own storytelling conventions and rhythms, that watching it is a bit like submitting to a form of time travel.
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
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