“Only the colored people themselves can determine their political, social and economic future.”

William Monroe Trotter

Research Film Studio

Prof. EA Kiss

This course uncovers the roots of racial injustice in Hollywood; the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in the production and distribution of D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation that led directly to the rebirth of the KKK and increased violence against Afro-Americans; and William Monroe Trotter’s fight against the state propaganda film. Wilson’s policy of segregation was adapted by Hollywood as a self-censoring industry regulation of representation. Black people could only appear on screen as subservient and marginal characters, never as equals, partners or leaders. This code, Wilson’s legacy, has become second nature to Hollywood.


Cut to the Chase: Is D. W. Griffith the Father of Cinema?

Focus-frame exercise; montage exercise; re-cutting exercise

The Birth of a Nation

D. W. Griffith


“Dickens, Griffith and the Cinema Today”

Sergei Eisenstein

Battleship Potemkin

Sergei Eisenstein


“Princess Steel”

W.E. B. Du Bois


The Comet

W.E. B. Du Bois


The Great Train Robbery

Edwin S. Porter


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