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The Classic Black Cinema Series - Within Our Gates

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  • About This Program

    About The Film

    (1920) This is the first surviving film directed and produced by Oscar Micheaux, the first black American film director. The film is Micheaux's response to the 1915 propaganda, The Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith.

    Within Our Gates is a silent film and stars an independent heroine, Evelyn Preer, fighting for what she believes in. Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youth.

    Within Our Gates stars an independent heroine fighting for what she believes in.

    About The Classic Black Cinema Series

    A film series specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. The goal is to appeal to as diverse a population as possible and further the appreciation of Black cinema.

    Curator and host, Felix Curtis, came to Charlotte from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area where he curated The San Francisco Black Film Festival and Black Filmworks, the annual film festival component of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, where he later served as Executive Director.

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