Daughters of the Dust

Greek Myths of the Zodiac: An Abbeville Anthology

By Julie Dash; Bell Hooks; Toni Cade Bambara (Translator)
(New Press, Paperback, 9781565840300, 173pp.)

Publication Date: November 1992

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In the winter of 1992, nearly one hundred years after motion pictures were invented, the first nationally distributed feature by an African American woman was released in the United States. The film tells the story of an African American sea-island family preparing to come to the mainland at the turn of the century. In her richly textured, highly visual, lyrical portrayal of the day of the departure, Julie Dash evokes the details of a persisting African culture and the tensions between tradition and assimilation. "Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman's Film," which includes Dash's complete screenplay, describes the story of her extraordinary sixteen-year struggle to complete the project.

About the Author
Dash was born in the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Long Island City, and earned a degree in film production from the City College of New York and an M.F.A. from UCLA.

bell hooks is the author of several books, including "Killing Rage", "Bone Black", and "Wounds of Passion". She is Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York and lives in New York City.

Bambara was a novelist and essayist.
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