≡ Menu

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: “Within our Gates” free screening on Saturday

Join us for a free screening of the 1920 film Within Our Gates, directed by Oscar Micheaux. The screening is presented by Scarecrow Video, one of the largest video collections in the world right here in Seattle, in partnership with our friends at UHeights.

In 2016, Kino Lorber released Pioneers of African-American Cinema, a monumental collection of historically vital films, that were digitally mastered in HD using archival elements. This collection of the works of America’s legendary first African-American filmmakers is the only one of its kind and includes feature-length films, shorts, and rare fragments, some of which tackle race issues that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades.

From this collection, we will be screening Within Our Gates, which was directed by Oscar Micheaux, one of the first and most prolific African-American filmmakers in the early part of the 20th century. The plot features an African-American woman who goes North in an effort to raise money for a rural school in the Deep South for poor black children. Her romance with a black doctor eventually leads to revelations about her family’s past and her own mixed-race, European ancestry. Music for this silent movie is provided by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.

Pre-film presentation on the history of the film and African American Filmmaking and a post-event discussion led by Scarecrow Video Executive Director Kate Barr.

Guests must wear a mask at all times unless actively eating/drinking and proof of vaccination is required for entry. No RSVP required. Join us and bring friends to experience this vital classic!

Saturday February 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get free tickets here

“In a direct rebuttal to the glorified racism of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of A Nation (1915), Oscar Micheaux staged this barbaric lynching in his 1920 film Within Our Gates. This film is among more than a dozen feature films showcased in Kino Lorber’s five-disc collection Pioneers of African-American Cinema. Music by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. Mastered from 35mm film elements preserved by the Library of Congress.”