The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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.

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The film saw its release 100 years after the outdated (i.e. very racist) Civil War feature of the same name, which was an adaptation of the novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.

Winner Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival 2016
2016Rating: R16120 minsUSA
DramaHistorical
80%
want to see

Reviews & comments

A gritty story of how religion and sexual abuse inspired a slave rebellion.

Films about racist national histories are part of an ongoing quest for redemption. The history and scale of America’s film industry has given it more opportunity than others for storytelling about its past, and slavery remains pivotal in its national narrative. While many slavery-themed films are framed around the fight for freedom and equality, others...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

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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

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

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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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.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"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

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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

press

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.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0

A gritty story of how religion and sexual abuse inspired a slave rebellion.

Films about racist national histories are part of an ongoing quest for redemption. The history and scale of America’s film industry has given it more opportunity than others for storytelling about its past, and slavery remains pivotal in its national narrative. While many slavery-themed films are framed around the fight for freedom and equality, others...

3.0
0