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International Women’s Film Festival

The 14th edition of the International Women’s Film Festival opens in fine form next Thursday (Feb. 11) with a revival of Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash’s lovely, lyrical tone poem about an extended African-American family on one day in 1903. Descendants of slaves, they have lived for many years on an island off the coast of Georgia, an insulated place that has allowed them to retain their African traditions. Now they are preparing to leave for the mainland, a decision that confronts their memories with the possibility (and fears) of change. Lushy photographed in glowing colors, Daughters of the Dust will be projected from a 35mm print, so it’s well worth reviewing if you’ve only seen it on video. It will be accompanied by the animated short “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy Headed People,” which examines how African-American women respond to Western standards of beauty through their hairstyles. Other films in the series, which runs Thursday evenings through March 25, include Samira Mahkmalbaf’s The Apple, the Mohawk film Club Native, XXY from Argentina, and the documentary The Heretics, presented by filmmaker Joan Braderman.

—m. faust

7pm, Feb 11-March 25. Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St. (genderin.buffalo.edu/filmfest.php). $9/general admission; $5 students, seniors, Hallwalls members.