Great Afro-American Music Vs "The Birth of a Nation"
"The Birth of a Nation" is more than a century old now !
This film chronicles the relationship of two families in the American Civil War and Reconstruction era over the course of several years: the pro-Union Northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons. That's for the story but it's not the main point.
This influential film depicts the Ku Klux Klan as an heroic force and the black population as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women and its racist echoes may still be heard in today's America and in today's world.
Guillaume Maupin (musician and curator at Cinema Nova) and Sebastien Demeffe (Musician, director and curator at Cercle du Laveu) propose a new live vinyl playlist soundtrack on this film to put into perspective with today's field recordings, blues, early piano jazz, traditional african music, popular songs from the US civil war, and more recent American music propositions are a fresh look at this impressive but problematic masterpiece. They took this occasion to illustrate and underdraw a formal historical cinematic achievement and to put into perspective "Birth of a Nation" at a time -today- while white supremacist has a vivid presence in the United States and at an international level and, at the very same time, resistance from the afro-american community is getting stronger.