14 Pews present Daughters of the Dust
14 Pews' monthly film series, Death and Dying in the United States, is curated by Dr. Anthony Pinn, professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities
This month's film is Daughters of the Dust. 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. Daughters of the Dust addresses its weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture.