Must Watch: Full Theatrical Trailer for Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation'
by Alex Billington
June 21, 2016
"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:
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.
Nice poster. I am hyped for this.
DAVIDPD on Jun 21, 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
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
"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
Looks pretty powerful...
RAW_D on Jun 24, 2016
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