Almost immediately after Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, premiered on HBO last weekend, folks compared it to Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust.
Daughters of the Dust ('91) and Lemonade (2016) ? pic.twitter.com/Sm9kOq8D36
— Nina Li (@NinaSerafina) April 24, 2016
Like Lemonade, Daughters of the Dust centered on Black women who channeled the ancestors and the film was steeped in references to West African culture. Moreover, both works featured hauntingly beautiful images of sisters communing with each other in the midst of nature.
Dash’s film has been out-of-print for years, but the Cohen Film Collection recently announced they it was restoring and reissuing the classic film.
“The film had not been properly color graded when it was originally released,” Tim Lanza, the archivist for Cohen Film Collection, told the New York Times. “We worked with the cinematographer [Arthur Jafa] to approve the color grade we had done.”
He continued: “The big issue for Julie and A.J. was capturing the variety of African-American skin tones. That was not something presented in the first version available.”
The remastered version of Daughters of the Dust will premiere in New York at the Quad Cinema theater this fall before being rolled out nationally.