The teaser trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation dropped today showcasing nearly two minutes of what looks to be a gorgeous piece of cinema. Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars in the film centering around the enslaved African-American Nat Turner and the liberation movement he led to free slaves in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. The film was showcased at Sundance earlier this year and has gained wide praise. After its premiere, the film received a booming standing ovation from viewers and took home the festival's Grand Jury Prize.
Ironically, the film takes on the same title as D.W. Griffith's 1915 The Birth of a Nation which painted the Klu Klux Klan as heroes of the civil war. While the film's racist tones have been hotly deplored through the years, it is viewed as a groundbreaking piece of cinema history in terms of its production. Nate Parker's film looks like it could be making its own mark on cinematic art as the visuals in this trailer look stunning.
With all of the positive buzz the film has been garnering from Sundance, along with what appears to be a beautifully shot film, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation becomes a must see film for this year. It is set for release on October 7, 2016. Check out the trailer below.