• The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation

Release Date: October 7th, 2016

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2017

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott

Director: Nate Parker

Genres: Drama , Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Mandalay Pictures, Bron Studios, Phantom Four

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Wife, Emotional, Transformation, Intense, Sacrifice, Brooding, House, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    This may not be the most nuanced of films, but its blunt-force impact leaves one shaken. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance as to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. show more

  • 60
    Matt SingerScreenCrush

    A famous (though almost certainly false) quote attributed to President Woodrow Wilson compared Griffith’s work to “writing history with lightning” and the best sections in Parker’s Birth of a Nation are charged with a similar kind of cinematic electricity. Many of his directing choices are obvious but bluntly effective. show more

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