October is Silent Movie Month: October 10 – Silent Movie Month Special Event

Screening of Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1920) with an introduction by author Barbara Tepa Lupack*

D.W. Griffith’s venomous The Birth of a Nation (1915) exposed the racial division and racial hatred in the country and established many of the racist stereotypes that would be imitated by other filmmakers for years to come.

In his Within Our Gates, Oscar Micheaux — the best and most prolific of the early race filmmakers—-challenged such racial depictions and offered a stirring portrait of rape, lynching, murder, miscegenation, white bigotry, and black migration.

*Dr. Lupack is a historian, author of more than twenty-five books about film history, and a Fellow at Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

7:00 p.m.

Dessert & Drinks to follow

Suggested Donation: $10-$15.

Cinemapolis Theatre, Ithaca

Cinemapolis is a first-run movie theater located in the heart of Downtown Ithaca, specializing in independent, foreign, and locally-produced films.

But more than that, Cinemapolis is a community cultural institution where the art of film is used to enrich people’s lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain.

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