NO TEA FOR THE FEVER EPISODE 3: DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (NOVEMBER 2017)
Indiewire recently described Daughters of the Dust as an 'obscure' and 'long-forgotten film,' and you could almost hear the collective whoosh of daughters of the diaspora taking off their earrings in unison at the insult. Speak for yourself, bruh, because twenty-five years since its rapturous 1991 premiere at Sundance and years-long victory lap around the world, there are veritable armies of us who didn't need to see Beyonce bite writer-director Julie Dash's style -- I'm sorry, pay homage -- in her visual tone poem Lemonade to remember how Daughters combed our edges and invited itself into our dreams. A quarter century later, Dash's impressionistic tale of the Peazants, an extended Gullah clan preparing to migrate from their South Carolina Sea Islands paradise to the industrialized North at the turn of the century, is still very much on the tip of our tongues. And yes, we are impatiently awaiting the Cohen Film Collection's 25th anniversary release of the newly restored Daughters this fall.
GUEST: Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, published writer, international lecturer, professor, and activist. Presently she is a 2016-2018 Just Beginnings Collaborative (JBC) Fellow where she is developing her multimedia project #LoveWITHAccountability, which examines how accountability is a powerful and necessary form of love needed to address child sexual abuse.
Her cultural work and activism are featured in anthologies, periodicals, and blogs including, but not limited to Ms., Colorlines, TheRoot.com, Forbes, Crisis, Alternet, Racialicious, Left of Black, The Philadelphia Weekly, In These Times, Peace X Peace, The Chronicle of Higher Education, HuffPost Black Voices, and Imagine Otherwise. She has also appeared on local and national radio and television networks including National Public Radio (NPR), Black Entertainment Television (BET), and Pacifica Radio Network.
Aishah has screened her work, guest lectured, and facilitated workshops and dialogues to racially and ethnically diverse audiences at colleges and universities, high schools, conferences, international film festivals, rape crisis centers, battered women shelters, community centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and government sponsored events all over the world.