Must Watch: First Trailer for Nate Parker's Film 'The Birth of a Nation'

April 15, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Birth of a Nation Trailer

"Brethren - I pray you sing a new song." Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the film about a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that won the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year (read my glowing review). This is the film that earned rave reviews and heaps of praise for Nate Parker, who stars as Nat Turner, and also wrote/directed/produced the film. The feature cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Junior, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. The song in the beginning is wonderful, I just wanted it to play for the rest of the trailer. I highly recommend taking a look.

Here's the first official trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, direct from YouTube:

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), 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. The Birth of a Nation is both written & directed by Nate Parker, making his feature directorial debut, who also produced and stars in the film. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize - read my interview with Nate. After acquiring it during the fest, Fox Searchlight is opening The Birth of a Nation in theaters starting October 7th this fall. You don't want to miss this one.

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  • Lagoya
    12 Years a Slave 2
    • Matthew
      You must not know your history.
  • cuckoozey
    Kinda all slaved out to be frank...
    • Trey
      Interesting you say that. Its a true story...yet you get a superhero movie every 3 months.
      • shiboleth
        Well, different people need to have their pleasures, right?
      • CUJO
        Eh... I'm getting tired of both superhero and slave movies. As a black person I want to see different types of black movies getting made. I mean, I'll see this film, but I'm not anticipating it very highly.
        • TK
          There is probably less of a percentage of slave movies then you actually think and there are quite a lot of different types of black movies continuously being made. The only difference is slave movies have been passionately well made lately so they take the forefront.
      • cuckoozey
        And even more superheroed out...
  • Trey
    Im in...heard it was good
  • shiboleth
    There are nations and they are all 'born', so what? They mostly don't show they deserve to be existing ...
  • Payne by name
    I'm assuming that they are already engraving the winning plate for this for next year's Oscars.
    Simone's voice makes this freaking TRAILER!!!~
  • Duane
    I get the slave fatigue.... but this is a story that needed a film adaptation. I could do with maybe one more (somebody get the Toussaint L'ouverture film made. THAT needs screen time too.)




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