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Within Our Gates

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Directed by Oscar Micheaux
United States, 1920
Drama, Romance
      Silent
      French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

Synopsis

Sylvia Landry, a teacher at a school for impoverished black children in the Deep South, takes a fundraising trip to Boston upon learning that the institution is nearly bankrupt. There she meets Dr. Vivian, who travels back south with Sylvia after falling in love with her.

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One of the earliest surviving works of African-American filmmaking, Oscar Micheaux’s remarkable drama offers a vivid tapestry of the intricacies of the Black experience. A pioneering independent director, Micheaux’s mesmerizing vision acts as a gut-punching indictment of systemic racism in America.

Synopsis

Sylvia Landry, a teacher at a school for impoverished black children in the Deep South, takes a fundraising trip to Boston upon learning that the institution is nearly bankrupt. There she meets Dr. Vivian, who travels back south with Sylvia after falling in love with her.

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Within Our GatesDirected byOscar Micheaux
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Awards & Festivals

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Locarno International Film Festival
2019
National Film Preservation Board
1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

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