Film Screening "Birth of a Movement"
Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book by the same title, captures the backdrop to this ongoing struggle between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.
The film features interviews with Spike Lee (whose NYU student film The Answer was a response to Griffith’s racist film), Reginald Hudlin (who produced last year’s Oscars during the Oscars so White controversy) , DJ Spooky, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Dick Lehr, while exploring how Griffith’s film — long taught in film classes as an innovative work of genius — motivated generations of African American filmmakers and artists as they worked to reclaim their history and their onscreen image.
Given the current divisive racial climate, this film provides a timely look back at a forgotten chapter of civil rights history during another racially explosive era, and provides one man’s example of how to fight for positive change.
Here is a link to the first four minutes of the film: https://vimeo.com/