Within Our Gates
Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths.
not even trying to be a movie
I usually don't rate films on importance but for this one I do because not only was it among one of the first feature films directed by an African American, but it also shows female power at such an early time in history.
Early African American filmmaking.
Full review on my blog: whitecitycinema.com/2011/10/04/the-secret-history-of-chicago-movies-within-our-gates/