Introduced by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw, Director, University Art Museum, Texas Southern University
The first film directed by an African American woman to be theatrically distributed, Julie Dash’s feature film debut is considered a masterpiece. Five women of a Gullah family living on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast in 1902 contemplate moving to the mainland in this emotional tale of change. The Gullah are descendants of West African slaves and their isolation has kept their superstitions and native dialect intact. Family bonds and memories are celebrated with a quiet narrative and beautiful cinematography. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2004 by the Library of Congress.
Following the screening, a talk back with the audience will be moderated by Dr. Wardlaw and Assata Richards, Ph.D, Director of the Young Mothers Residential Program, Project Row Houses.
The restored 35mm print provided by UCLA Film & Television Archive.