PBS Short Film Festival

Our Nation

Season 2017 Episode 19 | 11m 59s Video has closed captioning.

Douglas, an African-American youth living in Norfolk, VA in 1915 attempts to see the film 'The Birth of a Nation' at a "white only" cinema that refuses to let him inside. Outside are protesters and a Chinese couple that don't quite fit into either side of the racial divide. When Douglas finds a way inside wonder dissipates into disillusionment as he is confronted with racism on the silver screen.

Aired: 07/17/17

Expired: 07/16/19

Rating: NR

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