Whenever Hollywood releases a film or TV project about slavery, inevitably a chorus of critics chime in wanting to know when a movie about Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, or Toussaint L’Ouverture will be released. Well, folks have gotten their wish.
Beyond the Lights star Nate Parker’s film The Birth of A Nation, which tells the story of Nat Turner, will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
The film, which Parker wrote and directed himself is “set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.”
We’re here for it.
The Birth of a Nation also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, and Mark Boone Jr., and will compete in the US Dramatic film category at Sundance.
While there’s no trailer for the film just yet, we certainly can’t wait to see it!