Backwards Birth of a Nation

2000 | 00:13:07 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Film or Videomaking, Hollywood, Image Processing, Race

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Backwards Birth of a Nation is a re-editing of D.W. Griffith's 187-minute film, Birth of a Nation (1915), into a pulsating 13-minute black and white phantasm. By means of structural strategies of condensation, the frame by frame inversion of black and white, and playing the resulting work from end to beginning, an apparition is brought forth where images of racism float to the surface and are contextualised as a part of the flow of United States history.

This title is also available on Les LeVeque Videoworks: Volume 2 and Reconstruction Trilogy: Les LeVeque.

Exhibitions + Festivals


Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001