Birth of a Nation Remix

I had to watch Birth of a Nation in a high school social studies class. For those of you not in the know, it is a film by D.W. Griffin that is about the Civil War and the creation of the Ku Klux Klan. It was released in 1915, generated much controvery and made a whole lot of money. It is famous both for it’s innovative film techniques and the oppressive and racist perspectives it presents.

Tonight at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, DJ Spooky will perform what he calls a “digital exorcism” of this film (and I do believe it could use it). It’s on the Philly Funsaver, which means that tickets are half price ($11). They call it a “three-screen audio and video extravaganza that confronts the racist legacy of the original film with a live remix of classic footage along with his signature illbient soundtrack.”

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