Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation Trailer


Without a doubt, one of the most talked about movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Birth of a Nation, which was acquired by Fox Searchlight for a whopping $17.5 million. Written, directed by and starring Nate Parker, this is a powerful drama set during the Plantation Era in the American South about a preacher who leads a slave uprising. Comparisons to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave are inevitable and, much like that film, Fox Searchlight has high hopes for the film’s Oscar chances. Now the first trailer has arrived online set to a haunting version of the song “Strange Fruit” performed by Nina Simone. The Birth of a Nation co-stars Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr., Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King, Colman Domingo and Aunjanue Ellis and it hits theatres on Oct. 7th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

  • ReelJunkie

    This is easily one of the most powerful trailers I’ve seen in a while.

  • Jr

    Can we get a moratorium on movies about slavery?

  • Are there really that many movies about slavery that we need a moratorium? If there are still good stories to tell, why not tell them?

  • Mr. Harris

    Yeah, let’s have a moratorium on movies about slavery. The 2 or 3 that’s come out in the last few years is WAY too many. We need more movies about costumed superheroes. There’s not enough of that.

  • Nick

    What about a movie about all the crimes blacks commit against White in the us?

  • LordAwesome

    Fuckin’ outrageous. What next – some painter calling their painting Mona Lisa? A writer calling their book The Great Gatsby? A band calling their album Highway 61 Revisited?

    Is cinema so ghettoized an art-form that people will allow one of its greatest landmarks to be so shamelessly invoked in this way?

  • Gerry

    The original Birth of a Nation was based on a book called The Clansman, seemed to promote lynching, portrayed the KKK as noble saviours and portrayed African American people in the same balanced way that Nazi films, overseen by Goebbels, portrayed Jewish people.

    You don’t think that the film might be using the title ironically then?

  • Tim

    You’re dumb. Or you’re troll, in which case, sad and dumb.

  • Theo

    I read “Plantation Era” as “PlayStation Era”.

    In my defence I had just finished listening to Game Junk.

  • Jonny Ashley

    Oh, buddy. Either you don’t know, or you don’t care that Compton and all of the “dangerous black neighborhoods” were nice up-and-coming communities before being systematically torn apart by true and proven CIA drug infiltration.

    What better way to perpetuate the idea that black citizens are inherently violent, than to take away everything they have and actualize them as menaces to society through targeted drug distribution?

  • Jr

    Those are two different things. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • Jr

    In my opinion, there are.

  • 9No

    Movie looks great, love that Nina Simone song.