Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film
Within Our Gates (1919)
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
November 16, 2013
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 (Charles D. Lucas). Long thought lost, a single nitrate print of Within Our Gates was discovered under its Spanish release title, La Negra, at the Filmoteca Española and reconstructed by the Library of Congress. Screening is free but ticketed.
This film will be screened in support of the Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film Conference which convenes an interdisciplinary group of scholars and moving image archivists to discuss the new methodologies and questions emerging through recent scholarship in early black film, and to consider how we render a film as an object of study in transformative digital environments. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is scheduled to present the keynote address. Special thanks to the Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities.
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