Birth of a Movement

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History Documentary hosted by Danny Glover, published by PBS in 2017 - English narration

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Tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, a fire-breathing editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban a flagrantly racist film, The Birth of a Nation. This film tells the story of a black civil rights movement few are familiar with—one that occurred a full 40 years before the one we know. D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece The Birth of a Nation is credited with transforming Hollywood and pioneering many of the techniques that have made the feature film one of America’s most celebrated and widely exported cultural creations. The movie was also flagrantly racist and glorified the Ku Klux Klan as its central protagonist. But what is neither famous nor infamous is the way America reacted to this revolutionary film. While The Birth of a Nation was a box office smash that became the first motion picture ever to be screened at the White House, it proved divisive in a country still struggling in the aftermath of Civil War Reconstruction and galvanized leaders of the national African American community into adopting a more aggressive approach in their fight for equality. Birth of a Movement interweaves the civil rights story of newspaperman Trotter and the years leading up to the release of The Birth of a Nation with the story of D.W. Griffith and the rise of a new medium, the feature film.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21 (~1202Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1024x460
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 2.23:1
  • Frames Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: HE-AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 64Kbps CBR 24KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 54 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 491 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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