A historic film about a courageous family of Black women who made their way to America from the Sea Islands is headed back to theaters.
‘Daughters of the Dust’ is a powerful story that made history back in 1991 as the first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be released in U.S. theaters. The film recently became a topic of discussion yet again following the debut of Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ short film, which features visuals that are widely-speculated to have been inspired by the imagery seen in ‘Daughters of the Dust.’
In honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary this year, The Cohen Media Group acquired the rights to release a restored version of the film in theaters, according to THR.
Director Julie Dash says she’s excited that the film will have the opportunity to resonate with a new generation. “I’m excited about the restoration of ‘Daughters of the Dust’ being made available to the public and delighted to have the opportunity to engage with a new generation of people who have never seen the film,” she said in a statement.
The restored version of ‘Daughters of the Dust’ is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20.
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