New Digital Restoration! Landmark Films by Women
United States | 1991 | Julie Dash
The first feature by an African-American woman to receive a wide theatrical release is also one of the most beautiful color movies ever made. (This 25th anniversary restoration, done in conjunction with UCLA and overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, should look stunning.) Set at the dawn of the 20th century, the film centers on a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off South Carolina. There these former West African slaves with many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions contemplate leaving their economically depressed island for the growing northern industrial cities on the mainland. But how will they maintain their cultural heritage and folklore when they migrate even further from their roots? “The film stands as a landmark achievement not only in black cinema, but in independent cinema.” –Sight & Sound. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 112 min.
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