"Within Our Gates," which is thought to be the oldest surviving film made by a black director, will screen in a special event Sunday at the Loft Cinema.

The silent 1920 film, which tells the story of an educated black woman who comes to the aid of a struggling black school, tackles racial issues.

It was directed by Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), who is credited as the father of black cinema.

The movie, presented by the Hanson Film Institute, screens at noon Sunday at the Loft, 3233 E. Speedway.

A live piano score will accompany the film, which is not available on American home video.

Tickets, which are available only at the door before the screening, are $8 general admission. New York-based black-film history author and scholar Pearl Bowser will provide an introduction and lead a discussion on the film afterward.

For more information, call 626-9825.

Phil Villarreal