Nate Parker leads a slave uprising as Nat Turner in the first trailer for “The Birth of a Nation.”
Few words are spoken as evocative images from the film are edited together to Nina Simone’s haunting cover of Billie Holiday’s classic “Strange Fruit.”
Parker not only stars, but directed and wrote the feature, based on a story by Jean McGianni Celestin, about the most successful slave rebellion in American history.
“Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,” Parker’s Turner tells a group of fellow slaves in the trailer.
“The Birth of a Nation” premiered to raves back in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight picked up distribution rights for a reported record-breaking $17.5 million at the fest. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Parker accepted both awards on the film’s behalf.
The multi-hyphenate Parker additionally accepted the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award at CinemaCon last night in Las Vegas. His previous notable films include 2014’s “Beyond the Lights,” “The Great Debaters,” and “Red Tails”
Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gabrielle Union co-star alongside Parker in “The Birth of a Nation,” slated for release Oct. 7.
Watch the first trailer for “The Birth of a Nation” below.
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