Downing to Show Free Film

“Daughters of the Dust” to mark Black History Month

The Downing Film Center in Newburgh will mark Black History Month with a free screening of the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the 55 seats are available on a first-come basis.

The independent film, set on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina in the early 20th century, tells the story of a family of former West African slaves and their struggle to maintain their cultural heritage as they prepare to migrate to the U.S. It stars Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin, Barbara-O, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Cora Lee Day, Tony King and Trula Hoosier.

The film center is located at 19 Front St.

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