We’ve got our hands on the first official pictures of The Birth of a Nation, the upcoming drama movie written and directed by Nate Parker and starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gabrielle Union:
“Set in the 19th-century Southern United States before the Civil War, this story follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), 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.”
Feeling like you heard that movie title before? Well, this new movie shares the same title as some racist movie released in 1915, it fell into public domain and is available on youtube:
The Birth of a Nation (1915 film by D.W Griffith)
Don’t worry Nat Parker’s movie isn’t a remake of that old racist film. Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation is on the good side of the force and will redeem the title it shares with Griffith’s movie!
The film has yet to get an official release date.
Update – listen to Director Nate Parker in those videos:
Nate Parker Takes Back ‘The Birth Of A Nation’
Published on Jan 26, 2016
Nate Parker and Armie Hammer discuss their new film, “The Birth of a Nation.” Why did Nate want to use the same title as the old film that was pro-KKK?
Nate Parker: “I Felt Like This Was Something I Could Contribute to the Conversation”
And here’s the Q&A from the Sundance Film Festival:
Recorded at the premiere of Nate Parker’s phenomenal new film, “The Birth of a Nation” at the Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah on Monday, January 25th, 2016.