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The Birth of a Nation

  • Director: Nate Parker
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.

In the antebellum South, Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), 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.

"Debuting writer-director Nate Parker stars in this searingly impressive account of the Nat Turner slave rebellion."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"This film puts Nat Turner and his moral journey dead center, and it asks you to take an unflinching look at how an inhuman system broke the human beings trapped in it."
- Drew McWeeny, Hitfix
"The Birth of a Nation is one of the most confident writing and directorial debuts in recent memory."
- Justin Gerber, Consequence of Sound
"In script and performance, the film is an articulate howl of anguish and rage given depth by a discerning comprehension of the ways various communities can rely on faith for very different means"
- Russ Fischer, The Playlist
"More than a movie about a slave rebellion, it's about the difficulty of reconciling the great moral chasms between thought, vision, and deed. It's a beautiful, reflective film even as it is also a brutal, visceral one."
- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A biographical drama steeped equally in grace and horror, it builds to a brutal finale that will stir deep emotion and inevitable unease. But the film is perhaps even more accomplished as a theological provocation, one that grapples fearlessly with the intense spiritual convictions that drove Turner to do what he had previously considered unthinkable."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"A movie of potent provocation and surging humanity that ranks with the year's best."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone