Whenever Hollywood releases a film or TV project about slavery, inevitably a chorus of critics chime in wanting to know when a movie about Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, or Toussaint L’Ouverture will be released. Well, folks have gotten their wish.

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 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.”

We’re here for it.


The Birth of a Nation also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, and Mark Boone Jr., and will compete in the US Dramatic film category at Sundance.


While there’s no trailer for the film just yet, we certainly can’t wait to see it!

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  • elmahgnifico

    I love the choice of the title alone.
    Considering how influential D.W. Griffith’s racist “Birth of A Nation” was to the creation of Hollywood (the film catapulting the profits of Louis B. Meyer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and giving Griffith the financial means to start United Artists), Nate Parker is linking a more historically accurate series of events to a film title that blatantly reinforced the dehumanization of a people. While some have argued against the rehashing of antebellum plantation life, many others of us understand the need for a more balanced perspective on a most shameful period of American history. If the children of Jewish Holocaust survivors can embrace the mantra of ‘Lim Chol V’lo Lishkoach’ — that is, to forgive but not forget — then we should see nothing wrong in ensuring film history is corrected from the vantage point of African Americans. When the liberated descendants of a denied people can freely voice a corrected truth, we grant everyone in our nation the privilege to finally, honestly and consciously heal.

  • Militant Prince

    This is so surreal for me. I read Nat Turner’s rebellion 16 years ago.
    It brought me to tears and to this day, I swear I don’t know where I get this
    deep emotional feeling from, but I feel extremely connected to Nat. It’s the
    same feeling I got after reading the story of Emmett Till. I cried during and
    after reading both books. I hope this film is an accurate depiction of this
    hero, because of course we are only afforded the negative stigma of this God
    fearing brother. Lies and subterfuge about his life. Some teachings say that of
    all of the people he killed babies were among them. When in reality of the 50-65
    people killed, Nat only killed one. A woman whom he really liked as a person,
    but she would not stop screaming, no matter how much he begged and he was not
    able to keep her quiet by covering her mouth, so he strangled her. I am
    definitely going to do some research before this film comes out to ensure that
    it does not dip into the politically correctness that is needed to be allowed to
    do a film such as this.

  • This film will gross $9.27 if we don’t get behind it. Charter church busses like they do for Tyler Perry flicks…

  • Crmy Coco

    I’d like to know whose hair brain idea it was to title this movie “The Birth of a Nation” when it so closely mimics “A Birth of a Nation”, a despicable movie by DW Griffith that single-handedly resurrected the KKK. Did these filmmakers not do their homework?