SongsThe Birth of a Nation
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION 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. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
The scene is laid in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. The film is co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker, in his directorial debut. The film stars Parker as Nat Turner, and co-stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union. Parker also petitioned financiers to invest in the film, ultimately getting a $10 million production budget and started filming in May 2015 in the U.S. state of 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. The film 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.
The Birth of a Nation received "mostly enthusiastic reviews" at Sundance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 84%, based on 31 critics, with an average rating of 7.1/10. Many people who have recently seen the video, describe the film as great, effective and monumental piece of filmmaking. The story is impressive and it provides huge opportunities for reflexion and imaginative insight. The audience also appreciates the cinematography and imagery in this film, as well as historical research. The movie is worth seeing while the song is worth listening to.
Soundtrack from The Birth of a Nation