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 not only took home Audience Award and Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, it also broke the record when Fox Searchlight purchased the rights to the film for $17.5 million.
The Birth of a Nation is slated for October 7th release.
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