Within Our Gates
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.