Within Our Gates Film
Oscar Micheaux | United States of America, 1920 | No dialogue | 1h19m | 15
Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated African American woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished youths. Within Our Gates was created in response D.W. Griffiith’s notorious The Birth of a Nation which depicted southern Whites in need of the Ku Klux Klan to protect them from bloodthirsty Blacks. Director Oscar Micheaux shows the reality of Dixie racism in the 1920s, when a Black man could be lynched for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the second silent film of Black filmmaker Micheaux, and it has been restored with its title cards translated back into English. Although there are missing scenes, the film still holds intact for a memorable experience.
Traditionally in theatres at the time all silent films were played with a live accompaniment. To recapture this, the film will be shown with a brand new live soundtrack composed and performed by an ensemble of young musicians.