Creatively Speaking Presents: Daughters of the Dust

Director: Julie Dash
USA / 1991 / 112 min

Q&A with Michelle Materre and Kathryn Bowser

Last streamed on Sat, May 29

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggles to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The first wide release by a Black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, it still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored in 2016 by Cohen Film Collection in conjunction with UCLA, for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, audiences can now finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.

Special guests Michelle Materre and Kathryn Bowser, founding members of KJM3 Entertainment Group, will discuss their company’s role in the historic marketing campaign for Daughters of the Dust.


Kathryn Bowser is a co-founder/vice president of KJM3 Entertainment Group. She has also worked at AIVF/FIVF as festival bureau director, at Mypheduh Films as a film distribution manager for Sankofa, and at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as art director. She is currently creative director at Kathryn Bowser Graphic Design/Design for Social Justice.

Michelle Materre is the lead curator, producer, and host of Creatively Speaking, a premiere forum for presenting works by and about women and people of color. Her background also includes work as a film producer, writer, arts administrator, and distribution and marketing specialist.