Socially conscious films at the Toledo Museum of Art

. October 11, 2017.

Two socially conscious films will be shown together: Birth of a Movement, a PBS documentary about African-American newspaperman and activist William M. Trotter, who, in 1915, spoke out about the dangerous message presented by the film Birth of a Nation, portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic mercenaries against a Black uprising, D.W. Griffith’s film has been a lightning rod of controversy ever since. The second film, DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation, takes Griffith’s film, now in the public domain, and slices it down to 60 minutes with a modern-era soundtrack. The effect is an explosive social commentary that has been touring around the world, inviting discussion. 2-4pm. Saturday, October 14.

Toledo Museum of Art
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