Must Watch: Full Theatrical Trailer for Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation'

June 21, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Birth of a Nation Trailer

"To watch a strong man broken down is a terrible thing." Fox Searchlight has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the award-winning film from Sundance this year about a slave uprising. The first trailer was powerful, but this one is even better. The cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Junior, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. I raved about this film at Sundance, and I'm waiting for it to connect with audiences worldwide when it opens. The song they're using for these trailers is lovely, and it adds an extra amount of emotional power. It's one of the best films this year and I recommend catching this in theaters.

Here's the full theatrical trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, from Fox Searchlight's YouTube:

The Birth of a Nation

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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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


Nice poster. I am hyped for this.

DAVIDPD on Jun 21, 2016


Well, this film is sure getting its share of very positive reviews and reactions. However, there are also quite a few that are far from positive. I've heard it's pretty amateurish, ham-fisted, emotionally manipulative and obvious in its simplicity. The critic from the Guardian says: "Mostly, the film is heavy-handed, with subtlety nowhere to be found". That kind of review resonates with me as it rings of a truth and willingness not to be cow-towed by the subject matter. I guess I will have to see for myself, but already I hate the photography. Pity, as it's a subject that begs for intelligence and talent. Just taking on the subject doesn't mean its done well. A lot of people seem to be mesmerized by this movie's brutality, subject matter and ham-fisted presentation. 12 Years A Slave was excellent, but the director is an extremely talented guy, the script was well written by a proven writer and it was so well cast one could see the aesthetic awareness and appreciation of those involved with the work. I'm not seeing this at all here, but like I said...we'll see. It's an easy PC bandwagon to jump upon and would advise caution and an open mind rather than jumping aboard.

Bo on Jun 21, 2016


"It's a movie by a first timer so it can't possibly be any good." You realize every amazing writer, director, and actor was once a first timer, right? Get over yourself and your inflated ego and your disgustingly smug taste, fool. Your stuck up movie tastes don't make you better than anybody else. In fact they make you worse, because nobody gives a shit about the thing you're trying to use to make yourself look better than them. Grow up, little girl.

DanielShaw on Jun 21, 2016


What a nasty and rude post from what seems like a very insecure guy intimidated by my views and opinions articulated with intelligence and respect. One has to wonder how intelligence and knowledge freaks someone like you out to this degree. Take it easy, Shaw. At least you're consistent with the angry and if someone cannot have a differing view than your own and also the right to express it. My friends told me about the nasty trolls one might encounter on internet chat rooms and here you are. Still, my heart goes out to you. There's no way you can feel good about yourself communicating in this manner and the emotions you experience must be painful. That makes me sad, but I wish you well, Mr. Shaw. Take better care of yourself. Peace. I will not communicate with you in the future until you can exhibit some mutual respect and lose this immature anger as it is a waste of time. I have only compassion for your fear and anger, Shaw, but will not engage with you and will delete any of your toxic messages to me. Sorry,'s called having mental health and dignity and self-respect.

Bo on Jun 22, 2016


What's wrong with me, I see nothing special in that. Injustice everywhere? Why can't we see it somewhere and some times else? Even if you're not American, you know way too much about the slavery in US history. But today, a lot of injustice is related to American foreign policy. And that's not, of course, only American problem, in dealing with the history. Americans only have stronger film industry that endorse such kind of failings. Anyway, I guess, it's much easier to find some refugee from today's injustices in some historical drama that deserved its bravery of exposition in its own time. And that's its cowardice nowadays, not being brave to expose injustices of the today ...

shiboleth on Jun 21, 2016


"aww gee whiz why can't black folks just get over it?" that's what you're saying, right? you have zero understanding of history, of filmmaking, or storytelling, or even of the English language, you bass-ackwards savage. stop hating on art that is not only spectacular, but important. go sit quietly in your hole and don't talk again, you insolent child.

DanielShaw on Jun 21, 2016


No, that's not what I said. Go on and learn reading. You're angry, I can see. That doesn't have to be bad. But it's devoid of anything here. And no, I won't make you speak my non English, Slavic language, it might get laughable. So, me speaking English over you speaking some faraway Slavic language, I think I'm still doing better than you. What about the history? Have you studied. Since I have. Let's stick to American one. Have you read Howard Zinn's A People's History of US? And if you have, what does it tell you about people like me? Hardly what you're saying... As for the filmmaking or the storytelling here, I don't see I missed anything. It still looks bad ...

shiboleth on Jun 22, 2016


sheboleth, my friend...think about not wasting your time with this Shaw guy...I put him to rest below. He's so toxic and childishly angry it just enables him to comment back. Beside which he never engages back...he just spews his toxic angry rants without a degree of respect for others or any self respect and intelligence and leaves it there to lay. He's quite the coward talking to people like he does over the internet. Face to face he wouldn't dare. I just feel sorry for the poor guy. Best to ignore him and the likes of him, although he seems to be in a world of his own. I thought it was me that he just didn't get or understand my views and opinions; it's not. From reading you post and his reaction to it I see that he doesn't have the intelligence to understand well thought out and articulated points of view and it intimidates him and frightens him. So he covers his over-whelming fear with anger and with attempts to bring people down to his level. No need to go there, shiboleth. You operate on a much higher level than this Shaw guy. Cheers. Oh, and I liked your original post and your intelligent response to this fearful guy. Keep up the good work, I like reading your posts. Peace.

Bo on Jun 22, 2016


Thank you Bo for you support. As you already know, you are right, there was no big need to answer. I just sometimes use this opportunity of online communication for answering to the people who I wouldn't normally consider worth addressing face to face. Too many times I think there's opinion behind one's angry words, so I give a shot. But often, occasions like that prove to be what you just described. Being over polite, maybe. I hope I don't indulge myself too much by saying that. But there's much more important thing here, and that is you calling me your friend. Thanks for that Bo, and I hope I can say the same for you, to call you my friend. We'll probably never meet, but let's have at least this.Let's impress each other (and others) with all the wit and real interest in honest and motivated conversation. Yeah, movies sometimes look like a good excuse to talk more, but that can't be bad also, right? I don't believe Alex would mind. He seems to be a nice guy. Anyway, very nice engaging with you too, Bo. As always, to be continued... Stay good and well. Peace to you too ...

shiboleth on Jun 23, 2016


You are most welcome, shibboleth. I enjoy reading your posts and especially your replies to this latest one. I love the way you write/struggle etc. in English and how it is obvious it's not your first language and yet you forge ahead none-the-less. I like that part of reading your replies...the little 'mistakes' or incorrect placement of fact, let's not call them mistakes or incorrect... they are revealing of who you are and how you express yourself and I enjoy it a great deal. Yes, I enjoy our conversations and marvel at the fact that I'm here in America and you're where? Croatia? And on a film site where so many, like the poor guy DanielShaw, who are so filled with self-hatred and anger that they vomit it on others who are attempting to discuss films and the pros and cons of different films. One cannot successfully communicate with such people and it's sad to have to make the decision to just ignore them as that just causes them more pain. But one must, to remain healthy, avoid unhealthy toxic people. So you're a delight and I highly respect your having learned English and your ability to use the language to communicate your thoughts and feelings in the language. Excellent! And as you be continued...

Bo on Jun 23, 2016


Looks pretty powerful...

RAW_D on Jun 24, 2016

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