Within Our Gates
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Within Our Gates
This film is one of the earliest surviving examples of a film by an African American filmmaker. Sylvia Landry is engaged to a black soldier, but her rival Alma Pritchard arranges for him to catch Sylvia in an innocent but compromising situation. No longer engaged, she moves to the South to work as a teacher in an all-black school. When the school has financial problems, she returns to Boston to raise money for it. There, she is befriended by a white doctor, Dr. Vivian, who falls in love with her. In a flashback, her rival tells the doctor how Sylvia lost her family. Sylvia's father was… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the narrative structure is somewhat choppy, director Oscar Micheaux otherwise demonstrates mastery of the silent form, using supple compositions and careful editing to amplify the characters' emotions in a manner that makes sound seem superfluous."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Within Our Gates is full of surprises, following a multitude of characters and plotlines without settling into predictable allegiances."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Micheaux's films are about murder, racial injustice, and lynchings."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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