“Birth Of A Nation” Film Presentation & Discussion
Date(s) - Thursday, April 2, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a film presentation of “Birth of A Nation” with discussion to follow. This event is open to the public.
Background of Film- “The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman. The Birth of a Nation was used as a recruiting tool for the KKK. Under Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, it was the first motion picture to be screened in the White House. Despite the film’s extremely racist content, Griffith’s innovative film techniques make it one of the most important and influential films in film history.”
Special Guest- Christopher Dowdy connects the film with the history of lynchings that took place in Dallas.
Sponsors: Dallas Faces Race, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Embrey Family Foundation, and Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU.
Bookings are closed for this event.