Free Screening: Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1919)
November 16, 2013
IU Cinema and the Black Film Center/Archive present a free screening of Oscar Micheaux’s 1919 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 (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.