Watch Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust is a film that demonstrates how the present generation can be affected by the many generations that came before. The movie focuses on the Peazant family. The Peazants are African-American and have been living on an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina. Because the island is so isolated, the people living there have developed their own dialect and culture. Many families on the island, including the Peazants, hold onto African beliefs and superstitions. Many members of the younger generation of the Peazant family believe that it is time to move into the modern world. They are planning to relocate to the North, on the mainland, where they feel they will be more connected to a modern society. However, not every member of the family feels that the move is a good idea. Different opinions emerge when the family decides to take one last picnic together on the island. The matriarch of the family is Nana. Nana wants to hold onto the old traditions and is against the move. Like Nana, Yellow Mary, a younger member of the family, is not sure if the move is a good idea. Yellow Mary has some secrets of her own, however. She has been living a scandalous life in Cuba and has returned to her home island with her girlfriend. Viola, another family member, has lived in the North and has completely let go of the African traditions by becoming a reformed Christian. She thinks the move will be the best choice for the family. However, even as she tries to convince them to go, she continuously harasses Yellow Mary about her lifestyle. Eula, another member of the family, has more to worry about than the move. She was recently raped and is now pregnant. She is not sure if the child is her husband’s or not. The unborn child narrates most of the story.