The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation (2016)


Sundance sensation from actor Nate Parker (Non-Stop), making his directorial feature debut with this slavery uprising drama set in 1831 Virginia.... More

The story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The film saw its release 100 years after the outdated (i.e. very racist) Civil War feature of the same name, which was an adaptation of the novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.Hide

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  • An impressive directorial debut – and acting turn – from Parker that deserves to be seen, despite the PR firestorm. Full Review

  • An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, The Birth Of A Nation begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it’s powerful enough to stay with you. Full Review

  • A biographical drama steeped equally in grace and horror, it builds to a brutal finale that will stir deep emotion and inevitable unease. Full Review

  • The film offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance as to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. Full Review

  • What you will find is a film that toggles between impressive fury and a kind of made-for-TV blandness that does Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising — still controversial — no favors. Full Review

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