This film is of interest not just for Robeson's film debut but also because there aren't enough early films representing the African-American community with fairness and accuracy, unafraid to tackle tough issues like corruption in the clergy, for example, even though that might have been considered by some to reflect poorly on their people, honest or not. Unfortunately, due to first the severe editing and then the reconstruction, the story doesn't hold together as well or as grippingly as I'm sure it must originally have in the nine-reel format Micheaux created before he was ordered to censor it down to just five reels. I thought it was just taking awhile for the story to build up steam and to establish what was going on, but I still couldn't make out much of a coherent storyline. What is the main plotline supposed to be, and which of the storylines was meant to be the subplot? Is it the corrupt reverend (who doesn't get enough screentime) or Isabelle and her mother? It was finally really picking up steam and getting really interesting when it's conveniently revealed that it was just a dream, which was probably just as lame in 1925 as it is today. It's a shame, since it seemed like a really interesting gripping story with lots of potential, just was badly censored and edited and then put back together improperly. There also weren't enough title cards in some scenes (again possibly due to the censorship and re-editing). Probably another issue that was the result of the editing was how Yello-Curly (one of the ugliest most repulsive-looking people I've ever laid eyes on) is introduced like he's going to be this really important significant character, but this nasty-looking human being and his criminal alliance with the crooked preacher who has gotten out of jail is never really explored, and he disappears without explanation rather early on, getting even less screentime than the preacher and his twin brother Sylvester. It's a refreshing change to see an old film where African-Americans are depicted honestly, accurately, as both good people and bad people instead of being "represented" by whites in blackface or as caricatured characters in serving positions like a maid, railway porter, or nanny, but it just doesn't come across as masterfully as it probably did before Micheaux was ordered to censor it.