Pioneers of African-American Cinema • 44m
Oscar Micheaux • United States • 1932
VEILED ARISTOCRATS exists in incomplete form, but the missing footage does not impair one’s enjoyment of this drama—punctuated with song-and-dance numbers—of a woman wrestling with the decision of marrying a successful light-skinned man, or an idealistic entrepreneur of darker complexion.
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Within Our Gates
Oscar Micheaux • United States • 1920
An unflinching portrayal of racial violence.
During her attempts to secure funding for an impoverished school serving the black community, an idealistic young teacher confronts her traumatic past, including the lynching of her parents by a white mob. Still ...
Verdict Not Guilty
Eloyce Gist, James Gist • United States • 1933
A surreal filmed pageant.
In this surreal filmed pageant—presided over by a horrific skull-faced “Jailer” in a nun’s habit—a woman faces the throne of judgment and must account her iniquities to earn God’s mercy.
Zora Neale Hurston's Fieldwork Footage
Zora Neale Hurston • United States • 1928
A glimpse of African-American life at a time few documented it.
Zora Neale Hurston's ethnographic films, part of her effort to collect folklore of black communities in the rural south, provide a rare glimpse of African-American life in central and south...