The teaser is more of a mood-setter than an outline of the plot, which is based on true events during the slavery era. Writer/director/star Nate Parker plays Nat Turner, a literate slave who is also a preacher. His master (Armie Hammer) directs him to quell unrest among his fellow slaves, but Nat ends up orchestrating an uprising.
Set to Nina Simone's haunting cover of "Strange Fruit," the teaser is stirring — it's easy to see why the movie won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. And just as the movie won acclaim from the festival circuit, it's likely to clean up during Oscar season.
"The Birth of a Nation" opens in theaters October 7.
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Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County. Read More