About the Festival

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1991 release of Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash, the first feature length film directed by an African-American woman to receive wide theatrical distribution.

To celebrate and explore the film’s legacy, the Nickelodeon presents Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color, a three-day film festival featuring works by a select group of contemporary female filmmakers of color. The festival will take place Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina. Festival co-curators, Roni Nicole Henderson and Seth Gadsden have invited ten women of color in different stages of their filmmaking careers to showcase their work and participate in conversations about the field. The festival will feature screenings of shorts, feature films, and documentaries, including two celebratory screenings of Daughters of the Dust. Screenings will include introductions, talk-backs, and panel discussions with the invited filmmakers. There will also be a closed-door roundtable discussion to be recorded and archived with attending filmmakers, Nikky Finney, and Roni Nicole Henderson.