This year marks the 100th anniversary of the notoriously racist The Birth of a Nation (1915) — a milestone that is sure to reignite debate regarding the impact of D.W. Griffith’s controversial landmark in film history. For its part, the Museum of the Moving Image has offered the series “Changing the Picture”; in early January, the program consisted of screenings of the three feature films — I Will Follow (2010), Middle of Nowhere (2012), and the Best Picture–nominated Selma (2014) — directed to date by Ava DuVernay. This afternoon, the museum has gathered a team of panelists — Jelani Cobb (who covered the Ferguson protests for the New Yorker), Mia Mask (Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film), and Greg Tate (a longtime Voice staffer) — to conduct a discussion entitled “Endangered by the Moving Image: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Bodies.” You can count on Griffith’s film (and likely
DuVernay’s Selma, too) being one of the starting points of the conversation.
Sun., Feb. 1, 2 p.m., 2015