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Nate Parker’s Powerful Nat Turner Film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is Sundance-Bound

the-birth-of-a-nation.26559.16612_BirthofaNation_still2_NateParker_TonyEspinosa__byElliotDavisLast summer, word became to surface about Nate Parker directing his own film about the life of slave revolt leader Nat Turner. Parker announced film’s title would be “The Birth of a Nation,” as a response to the controversial 1915 film of the same title. When you make such an announcement, about a Hollywood film or TV project about slavery, you’re bound to get the attention of the world, from the haters and critics, to those who genuinely wanting to know exactly what’s going on, especially when it’s a movie about Nat Turner. Well BW bring you more details about the biopic and it’s cast.

Beyond the Lights star Nate Parker’s film The Birth of A Nation, which tells the story of Nat Turner, will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

the-birth-of-a-nation.26549.16612_BirthofaNation_still5_NateParker_AjaNaomiKing__byElliotDavisThe film, which Parker wrote and directed himself is “set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.”

Nat Turner, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia that results in a violent retaliation from whites.

“I’m very excited about it. I think it will show the first true representation of resistance that we will have,” Nate Parker shares. “We do have fictional films like Django, but I think we have to realize we don’t have to fictionalize anyone. All we have to do is look into our history and see we have heroes who have stood on our behalf.”

The Birth of a Nation, also stars Armie Hammer as a slave-owner Samuel Turner, Aunjanue Ellis as Nancy Turner, Nat’s mother, Gabrielle Union as his wife, Ester, and How To Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Colman Domingo, Mark Boone Junior and Jackie Earle Haley in major supporting roles. It will compete in the US Dramatic film category at Sundance.


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