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Lemonade inspiration Daughters of the Dust digitally restored

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Members of the BeyHive can get some more insight into Lemonade with the re-release of one of its inspirations.

The 1991 drama Daughters of the Dust will receive a digital restoration and re-release for its 25th anniversary, the Cohen Media Group announced Thursday. The movie, directed by Julie Dash, was the first feature directed by an African-American woman to receive a general release.

“I’m excited about the restoration of Daughters of the Dust is being made available to the public and delighted to have the opportunity to engage with a new generation of people who have never seen the film,” Dash said in a statement. She and cinematographer Arthur Jafa approved the restoration project.

Daughters of the Dust, set in the early 1900s, follows a Gullah family — descendants of West African slaves who have preserved their culture — as they prepare to move from the familiar South to the North.

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The film has been lauded since its release, earning its way into the National Film Registry in 2004. 

Dash expanded upon Daughters in a 1997 novel of the same name, which EW gave an A.

Cohen, which acquired the worldwide distribution rights for Daughters, will unveil the restoration May 20 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Daughters will also screen at Cannes in May. It’s set for a Fall 2016 release.

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