The history of "race films" is presented from the earliest days of silents to the genre's demise after World War II. These generally low budget films were designed to be seen by segregated black audiences. Although many of these were cheaply and crudely made, they are a record of the hopes and aspirations of the contemporary black community. THe careers of such pioneering black filmmakers as Oscar Micheaux and George Johnson are highlighted. Written by
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References are made to two "lost" films not on IMDb. A poster for "The Sport of Girls" and a flyer for "The Wind from Nowhere" are shown. See more
Features The Birth of a Race