New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series


February 21, 1997 at 7:30 p.m.

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1919, 79 minutes, b/w, silent, 35 mm)
Directed by Oscar Micheaux

Exploiting the theme of southern racism and using the anti-Semitic lynching of Leo Frank as the basis for the film, Oscar Micheaux, black novelist and the first black filmmaker, faced a disgruntled public and sensor board with the release of WITHIN OUR GATES.

From the Library of Congress Collection, this film is part of an ongoing project to make rare early films available through the film and Video Library of The Museum of Modern Art.