Independent Lens

Birth of a Movement - The Clansman - Clip

Clip | 1m 22s

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Birth of a Movement, director D.W. Griffith, "at the top of his game," is introduced to the book The Clansman by Thomas Dixon. When The Clansman became a stage play, its pro-KKK, "viciously racist" point of view resulted in protests and race riots -- foreshadowing what was to come when Griffith adapted it into the film The Birth of a Nation.

Aired: 01/24/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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