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The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation
  • 2016
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nate Parker
  • Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union
  • UK release: 20 January 2017

Nat Turner (Parker) is a slave in early 19th century Virginia, used by his owners to encourage other slaves to submit, but who is plotting an uprising of his own. Despite the controversy surrounding Parker, the film deserves to be seen: angry, dramatic and bittersweet, it's a story that needs telling.

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Set in the American South before the Civil War, this film tells the story of Nat Turner, who led an armed uprising of slaves against their owners. He was a literate slave who became a preacher, and his owner used to hire him out to other slave plantations to try and pacify unruly slaves. But after witnessing the horrific injustices committed against his people, he took up arms and inspired other slaves to fight in the name of freedom.

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The Birth of a Nation

13 Oct 20164 stars

LFF 2016: Searing slavery-themed biopic from Nate Parker, featuring Armie Hammer

Smartly repurposing the title of DW Griffith's 1915 epic, which featured a heroic depiction of the Ku Klux Klan, this biopic of Nat Turner – written, directed, produced by and starring Nate Parker – gives us true heroism, bloody and bittersweet though…

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