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Within Our Gates at FilmScene Iowa City

January 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- Free

FilmScene presents a free showing of Within Our Gates at The Chauncey, featuring the Alvin Cobb Jr. trio in person performing Cobb’s original score and a post-screening panel discussion.

This is a Martin Luther King Jr. Week event presented in partnership with the Bijou Film Board, and co-Sponsored by the University of Iowa Departments of English, Cinematic Arts, Anthropology, Theatre Arts, School of Music, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Center for Human Rights, and The Black Visual Culture Working Group.

Tickets offered on a Pay-What-You-Can sliding scale.

“This is the earliest surviving feature film by an African-American director. It was Oscar Micheaux’s second film (after 1919’s The Homesteader, now lost), and involves an idealistic young woman named Sylvia Landry (Evelyn Preer) who attempts to raise money for an elementary school to serve the black community (a premise that would be echoed in Micheaux’s Birthright [1938]). In the course of navigating the racial politics of both the black and white communities, Sylvia’s past is revealed in a series of flashbacks that contain the film’s most notorious sequence: the lynching of her parents by a white mob. Micheaux’s staging of the scene is startling in its bluntness and speaks volumes about the director’s fearlessness and willingness to address taboo subject matter. The film touches upon other themes that would recur throughout the controversial filmmaker’s career, such as the promise of rural life vs. the corruptive influence of the city, and the use of religion as a means of misleading the black community.”

This is a FilmScene Community Collaborations event presented by GreenState Credit Union.

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January 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Iowa City, IA 52240
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