37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt

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A visually stunning and emotionally rich debut from poet-turned-filmmaker Raven Jackson, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt charts Mack’s (Charleen McClure) personal growth from childhood to adulthood while growing up as a Black woman in the American South. The stark portrait dwells equally on major events and seemingly minor details of Mack’s life, all while shifting between past and present moments that mark her sense of self. 

Jackson immerses the audience in a cinematic fable that pays homage to a complex web of individuals, locations, and experiences that shape the intricacies of the human existence. Employing minimal dialogue, immaculate sound design, and a carefully calibrated blend of stunning vignettes, the film explores themes of morality, relationships, love, heartbreak, and the art of storytelling itself.

Produced by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk). 

Introduction by Mamadou Dia (UVA).


The kind of rare achievement that makes moviegoing worth it
Rolling Stone, K. Austin Collins



Sunday, October 29


2:45 PM


Violet Crown 4

Film Info

Director: Raven Jackson

Runtime: 92 min.

Year: 2023

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Charleen McClure, Moses Ingram, Reginald Helms Jr., Zainab Jah, Sheila Atim, Chris Chalk

Presented by

envision + UW(white)[2]