Friday, May 26, 2017

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Kino International
Directed by Julie Dash
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Cohen Media Group)

Cousins arrive by canoe on a South Carolina island at the turn of the century, to visit and have an elaborate meal with their extended family who carry on their African traditions. They reminisce about their lives, religion and past, all the while preparing to leave the island for better opportunities. Marital strife plagues one couple. New world Christianity clashes with old world religions and superstitions. Unfortunately, the structure of the film makes it difficult to follow. It is nearly plotless and has little character development. Instead, it's a constant flow of sound, images and dialogue, spoken in heavy accents which can be difficult to understand without subtitles (few and far between). It's all rather baffling.

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