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14 Ratings


Directed by Oscar Micheaux
United States, 1939


An idealistic Harvard grad returns to the segregated South to establish a grade school, encountering opposition from both races.

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Birthright Directed by Oscar Micheaux

Critics reviews

Even the contradictions in his movies prove rewarding: Micheaux, a former homesteader, preferred the country to the city, where decadent entertainments offered too many temptations. But Birthright’s nightspot numbers — performed by real-life, off-the-clock Cotton Club dancers, one in a scandalously ass-revealing outfit — stand as the film’s most exhilarating moments.
February 09, 2016
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