Film Screening: Birth of a Movement and DJ Spooky\'s Rebirth of a Nation

Category: Film & Movies

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Saturday, October 14, 2017


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43620

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In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously pro-Ku Klux Klan film The Birth of a Nation, unleashing a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Based on Dick Lehr’s book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, this PBS documentary captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.

DJ Spooky’s 2008 film project Rebirth of a Nation is a radical sixty-minute remix of the Griffith film presented with the Kronos Quartet performance of DJ Spooky’s score. The mixing of classical sounds entwined with DJ Spooky’s electronic beats serve as additional commentary on The Birth of a Nation’s brutal story. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).

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