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INDEPENDENT LENS | Birth of a Movement | D.W. Griffith: Son of the South | PBS

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Birth of a Movement, we learn about the childhood of iconic silent filmmaker D.W. Griffith, director of the controversial blockbuster Birth of a Nation, who was born 10 years after the end of the Civil War. He grew up in a South that was romanticized for him through folklore — reflected in his film — despite the fact that he grew up in poverty and, as film archivist and Griffith expert Ira Gallen says in the film, was basically considered “white trash.”

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