Directed by Julie Dash
Main cast: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao
Language: Original English audio version
Version: DCP, international distribution by Park Circus for concession of Cohen
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. Much like the family at its heart, the film exists in a world somewhat of its own; its visual language is distinctive and poetic, its spoken dialogue adopts the islanders’ native creole and it draws on a cultural heritage and narrative mythos far removed from much of American independent cinema.
Julie Dash, screenwriter and director, is a member of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African and African-American authors who trained at the UCLA Film School in the late 1960s and helped create a quality black cinema as an alternative to classic Hollywood cinema. Her first feature film was the first film directed by an African-American woman to get a regular distribution in the United States.