Compétition internationale
42th edition
20>29 november 2020, Nantes
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Within Our Gates
(Within Our Gates)

by Oscar MICHEAUX

21nCo3h

Sylvia Landry, a black teacher from the South, goes North to visit a cousin and wait for the man she is going to marry. In this film, Oscar Micheaux is fond of structures with many drawers, crosscutting and abrupt flash-backs. In the geographical toing and froing of Within Our Gates, the impasses –white and black alike – are captured at different levels. The « gates » of the title denote the infinite prison of black adversity, with the astounding opening title card describing this imprisonment : « At the opening of our drama, we find our characters in the North, where the prejudices and hatreds of the South do not exist – though this does not prevent the occasional lynching of a Negro. » Melodrama is as tireless a devil as racial oppression, and Micheaux exacerbated both through his broken forms. Cyril Béghin

  • Titre français
    Within Our Gates
  • Original title
    Within Our Gates
  • Titre international
    Within Our Gates
  • Scénario
    Oscar Micheaux
  • Interprétation
    Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin
  • Distribution
    Kino Lorber
  • Support de projection
    DCP
  • Sous-titrage

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