Within Our Gates
Within Our Gates (1920)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 1920
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Micheaux's narrative manner is as daring as his subject matter, with bold flashbacks and interpolations amplifying the story ...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Micheaux's films are about murder, racial injustice, and lynchings.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

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.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Within Our Gates is full of surprises, following a multitude of characters and plotlines without settling into predictable allegiances.

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Byron Brubaker
Oscar Micheaux is a pioneering African American filmmaker. He was also a novelist. This is his second silent feature, but earliest surviving film. He wrote,… More
Antonius Block
Thought to have vanished until a single Spanish copy was found in the 1970's, it's a miracle this movie still exists, and it's the oldest… More
This is a film that will forever be famous for the fact that it is the oldest surviving film directed by an African American. It will forever be shown in… More