Black luminaries come to Norfolk to revisit 1915 movie that split a nation

Michael provides insights on Birth of a Nation and the role the film played.

A hundred years ago at the Colonial Theater in downtown Norfolk, D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” one of the most controversial films ever made, blazed across the screen before a packed house. It was the Southern premiere of the movie, destined to be considered a masterstroke by film historians.

But “Birth of a Nation” remains a divisive and, in some ways, toxic piece of cinema.

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