Daughters of the Dust

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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 1, 1992


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 a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation's leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life," she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is the author of more than 17 books, including All About Love: New Visions; RememberedRapture: The Writer at Work; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life; Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood; Killing Rage: Ending Racism; Art on My Mind: Visual Politics; and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. She lives in New York City.

Bambara was a novelist and essayist.