Within Our Gates


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Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film

Within Our Gates

  1. Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Image from the film Within Our Gates
Through his young protagonist, Sylvia Landry (Evelyn Preer), Oscar Micheaux critically examines the lines between races, classes, and North and South in his earliest surviving film. The complex and twist-filled narrative follows Sylvia as she crosses between North and South, recovering from a broken engagement by finding new purpose in a rural school for African American children and new love with Dr. Vivian. Long thought lost, a single nitrate print was discovered under its Spanish release title, La Negra, at the Filmoteca Española and reconstructed by the Library of Congress. (35mm presentation)

Live piano accompaniment from Dr. Philip Carli.