Directed by Susan Gray and Bestor Cram (USA, 2017, 75 min.). Digital.

Based on a book by journalist and professor Dick Lehr, Birth of a Movement presents a civil rights story told by many members of the Boston community. In 1915, newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D. W. Griffith’s groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-sympathetic  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. Birth of a Movement investigates this early-20th-century clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape, featuring prominent thinkers Vincent Brown, Robert Bellinger, Dick Lehr, Dolita Cathcart, Charlie Musser, David Blight, Spike Lee, and Reginald Hudlin, many of them based in Boston.

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63 Boycott

Directed by Rachel Dickson (USA, 2017, 29 min.). Digital.

In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. This film combines unseen 16mm footage of the boycott with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters. 63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism.


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