Cohen Media Group’s Cohen Film Collection has acquired director Julie Dash’s seminal Daughters of the Dust, and will re-release it fully restored to theaters in Fall 2016 to mark the film’s 25th anniversary.

The first feature directed by an African American woman to receive general theatrical release, Daughters of the Dust is set at the turn of the 20th century among South Carolina’s Gullah community, descendants of slaves who settled on the coastal islands. Notably featuring heavy use of the Gullah dialect, the unconventional story, narrated by an unborn child, follows the women of an extended family who have long preserved their beliefs, language, and traditions, but face irrevocable changes as they prepare to move to the Industrial north as part of the Great Migration.

Daughters of the Dust received enormous critical acclaim in its initial release, winning the Cinematography Award at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival as well as garnering a Grand Jury Prize nomination. It went on to greatly influence subsequent black cinema and most recently was referenced in Beyonce’s Lemonade special for HBO. “Daughters of the Dust is a powerful and moving work of art that showcases an important period in America’s history,” said Tim Lanza, Vice President and Media Archivist for Cohen Film Collection. “We are thrilled and honored to be able to celebrate the talented Julie Dash and to bring this film to theaters across the country for a new audience to see.”

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

Daughters of the DustDaughters of the Dust at Marché Du Film in Cannes on May 11th at the Lerins 4. Liz Mackiewicz, SVP of International Distribution at Cohen Media Group will be handling territory sales. Following Cannes, the film restoration will have its domestic premiere May 20 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio in a screening attended by Dash.