God's Stepchildren (1938)

STARRING:
Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses
DIRECTED BY:
Oscar Micheaux
GENRE:
Drama
This controversial and still widely-discussed film produced, written and directed by prolific black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (Body and Soul) centers on a young, light-skinned African American woman who struggles to find her place in both the black and white worlds. Groundbreaking for its time, and often cited as one of the most important movies about race of all time, it's little wonder why Time's Richard Corliss calls Micheaux "the D.W. Griffith of race cinema." (BW)