Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color (Festival Celebrating 'Daughters of the Dust's' Legacy)
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Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color (Festival Celebrating 'Daughters of the Dust's' Legacy)


The Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema, will host “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color,” a festival celebrating and exploring the legacy of Julie Dash’s groundbreaking 1991 film, “Daughters of the Dust.”

“Daughters,” the festival, which will take place at the Nickelodeon Theatre and other venues in Columbia Nov. 11-13, 2016, will feature works and appearances by a select group of contemporary female filmmakers of color.

The festival will feature nine women of color in different stages of their filmmaking careers. This landmark festival is made possible by support from Nikky Finney and the African American Studies Program in the College of Art and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. “Daughters” is co-curated by the Nickelodeon’s managing director, Seth Gadsden, and Columbia filmmaker and artist, Roni Nicole Henderson.

“Julie Dash, in offering this trans-generational narrative, amplifies the magic of memory and matriarchal lineage,” said Henderson. “In spite of the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade, the memory and therefore, the magic, of Africa survived. That image of a beautiful little black girl, a blue ribbon and plaits bouncing, was the Peazant family’s future, but she was also my own.”

“Daughters” will include feature films, shorts and documentaries, including three celebratory screenings of “Daughters of the Dust.” Festival screenings will include introductions, talk-backs and panel discussions with the nine filmmakers.

“As movements like #OscarsSoWhite have made apparent, filmmakers of color continue to face significant barriers to participation and success in the film industry,” says Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre. “We are hosting this festival to both mark this anniversary but also draw attention to some of the most interesting women working in the field right now.”

“Daughters” festival filmmakers include the following directors:

· Garret Bradley, New Orleans

· Janicza Bravo, New York City

· Ja’Tovia Gary, New York City

· Roni Nicole Henderson, Columbia, South Carolina

· House of June, Atlanta

· Iyabo Kwayana, Chicago

· Nijla Mu’min, Oakland, California

· Nefertite Nguvu, Newark, New Jersey

· Tchaiko Omawale, Los Angeles

For more information about the filmmakers and the festival, visit the official “Daughters” festival website at daughters.nickelodeon.org.

For more information on the festival and the Nickelodeon Theatre, visit www.nickelodeon.org or follow the Nick on Twitter, Instagram andFacebook.

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