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Birth of a movement : the battle against America's first blockbuster, The birth of a nation

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In English, with optional English subtitles.

Performers

Narrator, Danny Glover.

Publication Information

Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2017]

Summary

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Based on the book by Dick Lehr: Birth of a movement : how The birth of a nation ignited the battle for civil rights.

Originally broadcast on PBS as a part of the series Independent Lens in 2017.

In 1915, African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement features commentary from Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), and numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic.

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