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Daughters of the Dust film screening on Feb. 13

SXU Cinema of the Americas Film Series continues

Chicago (Jan. 24, 2007) – A screening of Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2006-2007 annual SXU Film Series. The theme of this year’s series is Cinema of the Americas.

Set in the islands off Georgia’s coast, Daughters of the Dust is the story of a family preparing to migrate north and leave behind their traditional African-American language and culture. Cora Lee Day plays the family matriarch who tells stories of their African ancestors and the arrival of slaves on the American shores. She urges her family to never forget their past, and teaches them that strength in the future will come from a respect for oneself and one’s history. 

The film is 112 minutes and will be projected by DVD. The series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Art and Design, and the Illinois Arts Council. For more information, please contact Alison Fraunhar at fraunhar@sxu.edu or (773) 298-3083. 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest. 

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