Guest Host: Marc Fisher

Detail from a poster for the film.

Detail from a poster for the film.

February marks the complicated 100 year anniversary of the first full-length feature film screened in the U.S. In 1915, D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” pioneered a range of cinematic storytelling techniques; more difficult is the film’s racist, revisionist Civil War story. We explore the legacy of that film and how the film industry has addressed race in the century since.


  • Monica White Ndounou Professor, drama, dance, film and media, as well as Africana and American studies at Tufts University.
  • Godfrey Cheshire Film critic, journalist and filmmaker.

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