|Birth of a Nation Poster. Author: Unknown; distributed by Epoch Film Co.|
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Birth of a Nation premiered with the title "The Clansman" is a 1915 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. Set during and after the American Civil War, the film was based on Thomas Dixon's The Clansman, a novel and play.
It has provoked controversy for promoting "white supremacy" and positively portraying the "knights" of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes.
Eric M. Armstrong of The Moving Arts Film Journal writes
“ ...The Birth of a Nation is as revered as it is reviled. Its unparalleled innovation and audacity, technically and narratively, coupled with its unprecedented cultural impact, makes it perhaps the single most important film ever made. ”