Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival: 'Within Our Gates'
February 20, 2019
Isenberg School of Management
UMass Amherst Campus
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Within Our Gates (1920, Oscar Micheaux, USA, 79 min, silent with recorded musical accompaniment by DJ Spooky, intertitles in English)
Production began 100 years ago on what is now the oldest known surviving feature film made by an African-American filmmaker. A powerful and ambitious account of race in America, told through the experiences of Sylvia Landry, a young black woman visiting the North, it stands as an important tribute to the power of appropriating (what was then) new media to contest popular culture representations of African American life and offer instead, complexity, nuance, and stinging social critique. Presented with recorded musical accompaniment composed and performed by DJ Spooky.
In collaboration with the UMass Fine Arts Center
Introduction by Ousmane Power-Greene (Clark University)
Musician Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will be present for discussion.