A film of breathtaking beauty, this visionary first feature directed and written by Julie Dash is a poetic portrait of black womanhood and a landmark American independent cinema. Set at the turn of the century, the story revolves around the women of a Gullah family (descendants of freed slaves), as they prepare to migrate from their Sea Island home to the American mainland, leaving their land and legacy behind. With sensuous cinematography and a sweeping score, Dash has created a rich and vital portrait of African American history.

‘I was determined to depict the metaphor of the period of enslavement in a way it had never been seen before. So I chose to have the hands permanently stained blue by working the indigo fields. Of course, it would have worn off by then. But it’s the stain. Kind of Shakespearean.In the sea islands of the South first it was indigo, then it was rice.’ Julie Dash, Director