Within Our Gates (1920)

Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements
Oscar Micheaux
Drama, Romance
Evelyn Preer (Georgia Rose, Ladies of the Big House) stars as Sylvia Landry, an educated black woman who wants to help a school for impoverished black children. Unfortunately, Sylvia finds her controversial past getting in the way. This 1920 feature from pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux was thought to be lost for decades until a copy turned up in Spain during the 1990s. The Library of Congress immediately recognized its historic significance and preserved it; the film is Micheaux’s earliest surviving effort. (BW)