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Black History Month Film: Within Our Gates (1920)

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USA | 79 min. | DCP | Dir. Oscar Micheaux

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

"After each viewing of Within Our Gates, I am struck by Micheaux’s audacity and ambition. He sought to appropriate a still primitive medium to depict the complexities of the black experience in America while making a film that would enthrall viewers as interested in spectacle and entertainment as in a message of racial uplift. Like his contemporaries Scott Joplin, Bert Williams, and others, Micheaux was exploring how black social justice could be insinuated into the cultural marketplace. Only now is it possible to appreciate fully how successfully Micheaux achieved these goals in Within Our Gates." -W. Fitzhugh Brundage (American Historical Association)

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