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The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film about Nat Turner. Nat Turner (October 2, 1800 – November 11, 1831) was a highly educated Black man enslaved by Whites who later led a rebellion of slaves to free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831, resulting in the deaths of 55 to 65 white people.
The film is written, produced, and directed by Nate Parker (as his directorial debut), who also stars as Nat Turner. Parker wrote the screenplay and petitioned financiers to invest in the film. It ultimately had a $10 million production budget and started filming in May 2015 in the U.S. state of Georgia. Along with Parker, the film features Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union all in supporting roles. The location used was Savannah, Georgia.
The film premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2016. Fox Searchlight Pictures bought worldwide rights to the film in a $17.5 million deal, the largest deal at the film festival to date. At the end of the festival, it won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Video Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), 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.
—–SOURCE/LINKS: THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Mark Boone Jr.
Aja Naomi King
Roger Guenveur Smith
with Penelope Ann Miller
and Jackie Earle Haley
Directed by Nate Parker
Screenplay by Nate Parker
Story by Nate Parker & Jean McGianni Celestin
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