Within Our Gates (1920) – Oscar Micheaux Silent Film

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths. Within Our Gates was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919. He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films and this is the first such film still in existence.

Cast (IMDB): Evelyn Preer as Sylvia Landry; Flo Clements as Alma Prichard; James D. Ruffin as Conrad Drebert; Jack Chenault as Larry Prichard; William Smith as Detective Philip Gentry; Charles D. Lucas as Dr. V. Vivian; Bernice Ladd as Mrs. Geraldine Stratton; Mrs. Evelyn as Mrs. Elena Warwick; William Stark as Jasper Landry; Mattie Edwards as Jasper’s Wife; Ralph Johnson as Philip Gridlestone; E.G. Tatum as Efram, Gridlestone’s Servant; Grant Edwards as Emil Landry; Grant Gorman as Armand Gridlestone; Leigh Whipper ; Jimmie Cook as (uncredited); S.T. Jacks as Reverend Wilson Jacobs (uncredited).

More Information:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011870/
Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/WithinOurGates
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Within_Our_Gates&oldid=646392998


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  1. whoever dislikes this film should be ashamed lol. This is the most impressing film I've ever seen with real African American actors, not racist jerks in "blackface". I'm so proud that the first (publicly) accomplished Black director is from a town 3 hours from me!!!

  2. Before Richard Wright and Native Son, there was Oscar Micheaux.
    Oscar Micheaux is the first Best Selling Black Author in America and we all know he was the first Black Filmmaker too.
    The Censors rejected WITHIN OUR GATES twice!

    Not one of my favorite films, but very important nonetheless.

  3. I spent 13,000 dollars in 2011 on tuition for two quarters in a well known film/art institute in Salt Lake City, UT. When I asked the professor of the film history about Oscar Micheaux. He had only heard of but never seen any of Oscar Micheaux work. I started looking for another school. Amazing work. I wonder if Oscar and Sophia Stewart have any thing in common?

  4. Anyone notice the lady who walks past and keeps looking at the actors staring at 19:41, she appears again at 19:58 and keep turning to look at the scene. I guess no one saw black people in front of a movie camera before.

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