Daughters of the Dust

Directed by Julie Dash
Starring Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O, Trula Hoosier, Bahni Turpin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Tony King
Theatrical Release Date November 18, 2016
Run Time 112 min

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.


Cohen Media Group is proud to present the 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film “Daughters of the Dust.” The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, “Daughters of the Dust” was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.

Name Role
Julie Dash Director
Julie Dash Writer
Cora Lee Day Cast Member
Alva Rogers Cast Member
Barbara-O Cast Member
Trula Hoosier Cast Member
Bahni Turpin Cast Member
Cheryl Lynn Bruce Cast Member
Tony King Cast Member
Country United States of America
Original Language English
Run time 112 min
Year Completed 1991