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Boston College
Film Studies
FILM 2202
Anna Blake

Audra Hampsch Fr. Blake Final Exam Questions 1. This situation is a classic conflict in free speech rights because it mimics the 1915 Mutual Film Board Review vs. Ohio. In 1915, Ohio protested that D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation portrayed inaccurate depictions of race, misconstrued the struggle between blacks versus whites and northerners versus southerners, and heightened the controversy of the KKK. Because of these factors, the Industrial Board of Ohio ordered that Birth of a Nation either be re-edited or cut altogether. The decision signified that films were not a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. In this situation, the group of religious students who challenge my documentary would be acting as Ohio, while I—the director—would be paralleling Griff
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