'Daughters of the Dust,' Film Inspiration for Beyonce's 'Lemonade,' Returning to Theaters

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'Daughters of the Dust'

The digital restoration and rerelease falls on the 25th anniversary of the film.

Julie Dash's seminal 1991 film Daughters of the Dust will be getting a theatrical rerelease, with a new restoration. 

The restoration and rerelease is planned around the 25th anniversary of the film, which centers on a family of Gullah women living on the Sea Islands and their decision to migrate to the American mainland in the early 1900s.

Daughters of the Dust has been widely credited as a creative inspiration for Beyonce's recent visual album, Lemonade. The historical imagery in Lemonade parallels Dash's period drama, which was the first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be released in theaters in the U.S.

The Cohen Media Group's film collective, which maintains a library of classic films, acquired the worldwide rights to the feature for a fall 2016 release and spearheaded its digital restoration.

“I’m excited about the restoration of Daughters of the Dust being made available to the public and delighted to have the opportunity to engage with a new generation of people who have never seen the film,” said Dash in a statement.

The premiere of the restoration will take place May 20 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. It will then screen at the Cannes Film Festival.

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