This film is widely considered to be a response to D. W. Griffith’s heavily racist feature film The Birth of a Nation, released 5 years earlier.
It tells the tale of an African-American woman, who struggles to raise the funds needed for a rural school for poor black children. The movie features racial violence under white supremacy, including the lynching of black people.
Major accolades received by Within Our Gates (1920)
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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