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This exclusive screening of ‘Within Our Gates’, 1920 (B&W Silent film) will introduce you to the work of prolific African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), director and producer of over 40 films and 7 novels. Oscar’s seminal film will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from WOMAD international award winning musician Saidi Kanda, Tanzanian. We will delve further into Oscar’s life as we screen a short (18.46 mins) film made by Tim Reid of Legacy Media Institute, revealing Oscar’s significance and achievements that still resonate today. The whole occasion will be presented to you by host and spoken word artist Elmi Ali.


"Who is Oscar?"

The Story of Oscar Micheaux: Tim Reid

A short documentary by Tim Reid of Legacy Media Institue, highlighting the life of Oscar Micheaux and his key achievements.

Oscar Micheaux:

The first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader, 1919) and a sound feature film (The Exile, 1931). His films were a challenge to segregation featuring non-stereotyped black characters; they also frequently addressed more controversial issues. He wrote, produced and directed over 40 films from 1919 to 1948, although only 10 of his film are known to still exist in print.

Oscar Micheaux's second film in 1920 portrays the contemporary racial situation in the United States during the early twentieth century. It is said to be his most seminal piece and a response to D.W. Griffith's ‘Birth of a Nation’. Micheaux's film attempted to challenge Black stereotypes portrayed in Hollywood. Produced, written and directed by Micheaux, it is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.

Within Our Gates: 1920

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13th December 2014

Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton, BN2 9NB

BRIGHTON; Phoenix Gallery

Time: 3:00pm                                                        Price: Free

The Hub Theatre, City College, Chapel Rd, SO14 5GL

Time:  7:00pm                                                      Price: £7/£6

SOUTHAMPTON; The Hub Theatre

CRAWLEY; The Hawth/Curzon

The Curzon, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

Time: 7:15pm                               Price: £7/£6 concessions

BHM Family Day, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE

Time: 12:00 - 7:00pm (Family Day)                    Price: Free

BRIGHTON: Corn Exchange

HASTINGS: Electric Palace

Electric Palace, 39a High St, Hastings, TN34 3ER

Numbi, The Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA

Time: 3pm                                   Price: £7/£6 Concessions

LONDON: The Rich Mix

Time: 8pm                               Price: £12/£10 Adv/ £5 Conc

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Within Our Gates, 1920