Movie Review: The Birth of A Nation
Movie Review: The Birth of A Nation by Pelumi Agboola (www.eraveng.com)
Hollywood actor and director, Nate Parker is set to release his latest film titled ‘ The Birth of a Nation ‘ , today the 7th of October 2016
The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film that tells a story based on the true life events of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.
The film is co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker (in his directorial debut) and stars Parker as Nat Turner, with Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union in supporting roles. Parker also petitioned financiers to invest in the film, ultimately getting a $10 million production budget and started filming in May 2015 in Georgia.
The film tells a compelling story of slavery, submission to authority, human rights, leadership and the struggle for liberation.
The plot is centered on the life of Nat Turner, from his childhood days, he is taught to read so he can study the Bible, and be a preacher to fellow slaves. When Turner’s master takes him across the country on a preaching tour to profit from his preaching, Turner begins to see the scope of slavery, and decides to become a different leader. Turner then turns against his master to orchestrate a slave rebellion
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, the film won 2 awards including the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and was highly praised for its directing, acting, soundtrack and cinematography. The film will be theatrically released in the United States on October 7, 2016, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.