Estimated run time: 113 mins.
A seminal work, Julia Dash’s 1991 film chronicles the lives of the Peazant family, members of the Gullah community living on an island in Georgia. The family gathers for one last dinner before many of them plan to migrate North. The film explores the traditions and history of the people that populate the island, and the inevitable move toward assimilation. With a contemplative aesthetic, and a narrative that recalls the story of the Gullah as the history of black America, it is no wonder Beyonce paid such heavy homage in her visual album, Lemonade. -GHR