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Birthright (1939)

  • Birthright

USA | 73 min | DCP | Oscar Micheaux

A young black Harvard graduate fights against a variety of obstacles, including racist opposition, in order to build a school for black children. (IMDB)

"It's nearly impossible to see some of the earliest movies by African-American filmmakers. Many have been lost or destroyed. Those that have survived are often held by private collectors or stored away in old film archives. More than a dozen of those movies, though, are now part of a film restoration project — Pioneers of African-American Cinema — by independent film distributor Kino Lorber. The project focuses on a genre called "race films" — movies made after World War I and through the 1940s by black filmmakers with mostly black casts for black audiences. These films tried to uplift the image of African-Americans and contradict the racist stereotypes in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, a blockbuster after its release in 1915." -Hansi Lo Wang (NPR)


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