The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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The film saw its release 100 years after the outdated (i.e. very racist) Civil War feature of the same name, which was an adaptation of the novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.

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2016Rating: R16120 minsUSA
DramaHistorical

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The Birth of a Nation (2016) | Awards

Award Winner
Winner Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016) | Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie, uneven as it is, has terrific momentum and passages of concentrated visual beauty. The acting is strong even when the script wanders into thickets of rhetoric and mystification.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Mostly, the film is heavy-handed, with subtlety nowhere to be found.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Birth of a Nation" certainly has the power of conviction, but the grace of art escapes it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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The Birth of a Nation (2016) | Release Details

The Birth of a Nation (2016) is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play.