D.-W.-Griffith

The Birth of a Nation, 1915

100 years ago American film distributor Epoch Producing Co. released “The Birth of a Nation” (dir. D. W. Griffith). The film is dedicated to Civil War and the following period and shows Ku-Klux-Klan as a heroic force. “The Birth of a Nation” inspired the revival of KKK in 1915 and provoked several incidents of killings of black people in different states of America.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People vainly tried to ban the movie.Instead of this D. W. Griffith became rich and famous because of his film-making innovations and Epoch gained from $50 to $100 millions.
It clearly shows that “a nation” had racist sentiment. I still can feel the heritage of this ignorant and intolerant attitude in America. 100 years after Klansmen still exist and there are racists all around the country. Police brutality is a modern-day lynching. I hope that 2015 was finally the year of the birth of another nation - nation of people who respect freedom, tolerance and justice. I see a lot of activism on the streets and on the web, so I hope it’s true.
Keep on keeping on, my friends!

“A PLEA FOR THE ART OF THE MOTION PICTURE

We do not fear censorship, for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue - the same liberty that is conceded to the art of the written word - that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.”

— The opening title of the movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) by D. W. Griffith, a premier pioneering American film director. He is best known as the director of the controversial and groundbreaking 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance (1916).