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Within Our Gates

Within Our Gates

Within Our Gates

1920 / 79min / DCP

DIRECTOR: OSCAR MICHEAUX

CAST: EVELYN PREER, FLO CLEMENTS, JAMES D. RUFFIN

Among pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux’s earliest surviving works is a kind of rejoinder to D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, in which Evelyn Preer’s Boston schoolteacher goes to work at a school for poor black youths in the Deep South—a place that she has troubling memories of, as revealed in a famed flashback that is perhaps the first representation of that then-very-contemporary crime of lynch law by a black director.

Preserved by the Library of Congress. Digitally mastered from a 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress, acquired by the American Film Institute from the Filmoteca Española, Madrid.

Within Our Gates is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.