Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash

Daughters of the Dust is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. was restored and re-released in 2016. At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions - suffers a generational split.

For Weapon of Choice, five Dutch public figures have selected a film they believe everyone needs to watch. At the festival, they explain why they each chose their film.

Daughters of the Dust is the film selected by Gloria Wekker. She is a professor emeritus for Gender and Ethnicity at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. In addition, she is the director of GEM, Expertise Center for Gender, Ethnicity and Multiculturality in higher education. In 2016, Wekker wrote the much-debated, urgently needed book White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, where she investigates the central paradox in Dutch culture in which race invokes passion and aggression, while the existence of race and racism is categorically denied.


Julie Dash
Country of production
United States
112 minutes
Spoken language
Arabic, English, Gullah
Production company
American Playhouse
Dutch distributor
Full Color Entertainment