The Birth of a Nation has been a years-long passion project for Nate Parker (perhaps best known for playing the romantic lead in Beyond the Lights), who wrote, directed and produced the film despite being told over and over again that it wouldn’t “work.” As he told the Hollywood Reporter, the not-uncommon arguments were made: it wouldn’t work internationally because of its black leads; it would be too expensive to film the violent scenes; the hero at the center—Turner—killed white landowners. Yet he persisted, and here it is, making huge waves at Sundance.
The title, of course, is every bit as political as you think it is—by calling back to D.W. Griffith’s 1915 opus, which helped reinvigorate the Ku Klux Klan for the 20th century and shape dangerous, harmful depictions of black Americans in the years that followed, it is a clever act of subversion. “I’ve reclaimed this title and re-purposed it as a tool to challenge racism and white supremacy in America,” Parker tells Filmmaker, “to inspire a riotous disposition toward any and all injustice in this country (and abroad) and to promote the kind of honest confrontation that will galvanize our society toward healing and sustained systemic change.” The film also stars Armie Hammer and Aja Naomi King.
The film is set to be released later this year. Does Hollywood want to see black people revolting against their white oppressors? Is this something the white media wants to be promote? Will this film wake up black people? Will it cause riots and more racial division? Or is this just more Hollywood racial propaganda? I know how Hollywood operates. Rarely do they do anything that will raise the consciousness of black people. Or do a film that will WAKE us up and see who is our real enemy. We will have to wait and see until the film is released. We shall see.
Also did you know that black media mogul, Byron Allen, offered $20 Million to buy the rights to the Nat Turner Movie “Birth of a Nation”, but Nate Parker sold the rights for $2.5 Million less ($17.5 million) to white company, Fox Searchlight?? Did Nate Parker forget that White People Executed and Lynched Nat Turner? So what You look like selling the rights to a story about Nat to a White Company??
Sources confirmed that Parker, who owned a significant stake in the movie, had a great deal of control over who emerged as the winning distributor.
Allen confirmed it: “Yes, we did make a bid for $20 million and a wide theatrical release for this outstanding film…”
At what point do we stop the “unadulterated” WHITE LOVE, and We got to start Loving and Supporting Each Other. This makes me think that at some point in this movie, Nat Turner’s story is going to be compromised. I hope not, but it seems that way, because Too many wealthy white people are applauding it and offering too much money, which is a pretty good indicator of the “white savior syndrome.”
Because I do not see how a movie about Nat Turner will cause white people to be excited..???…Well hey, I wish Nate much success…But its just more authentic and logical for a black man to distribute a film about a black hero AND REVOLUTIONARY like Nate Turner.
And this is a pic of Nate Parker and his wife Sarah. Well this explains a lot. I wonder what the great Nat Turner would think of his choice of a wife? I think you know the answer.