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WITHIN OUR GATES 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, one of the first great stars of the race film) who attempts to raise money for an elementary school to serve the black community. The film touches upon 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.
DISTRIBUTOR: Kino Lorber