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In 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s notoriously Klu Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The Birth of a Movement features Spike Lee, Renald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), as well as numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic. Cinephiles, history buffs, and anyone interested in America’s tumultuous racial evolution will want to check this one out.
There will be a post-screening discussion with Professor Richard Ford. Stanford Law School Professor Richard Thompson Ford teaches and writes about law, equality, social justice and urban life. He studies the relationship between legal ideals and everyday life: how legal rights change individual identity and group solidarity, how public policy shapes bodies and fashion, how legal rules affect cities and architecture. His scholarship combines social criticism, history and jurisprudence and he writes for both popular readers and for academic and legal specialists.