Discussion with Jola Idowu

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Directed by: Julie Dash

Presented by: Jola Idowu, M.Arch Candidate ‘23, MIT Architecture 
Part of the Fall 2020 Cinema and Architectural Imagination series.

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About the film:
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, “Daughters of the Dust” was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991.(Text from Cohen Media Group)

About the presenter(s):
Jola Idowu is a Master of Architecture Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in Art History and Sociology. She previously worked for the College Advising Corps, The Smart Museum, and the Graham Foundation. She served on the board of Doc Films, the oldest student film society in the United States.

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Above image: Film poster, "Daughters of the Dust," directed by Julie Dash (1991)


Discussion with Jola Idowu