Armie Hammer and Nate Parker in "The Birth of a Nation"

The Birth of a Nation

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Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.

"The Birth of a Nation" Review
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"The Birth of a Nation" Review

"The Birth of a Nation" enters theaters with a great deal of baggage. The historical drama was screened at Sundance in January to rave reviews and purchased by Fox Searchlight for a record-breaking $17.5 million. The studio hoped to have another Best Picture winner on their hands, just three years after "12 Years a Slave" earned top honors at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

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First of all, I want to apologize for that horrible play on words. I know, it's terrible, but I literally couldn't think of anything more appropriate for this movie. The Birth of a Nation is Braveheart with black people. I'm serious. That's the best description I have for it. It's a pretty good movie set around a violent historical event/period, which forgoes historical accuracy for the sake of pathos and making a myth out of the man at hand.

Fox Searchlight is Re-Thinking its Marketing Strategy for 'Birth of a Nation' Following Nate Parker Controversy
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Fox Searchlight is Re-Thinking its Marketing Strategy for 'Birth of a Nation' Following Nate Parker Controversy

Fox Searchlight has hit a hiccup in the wake of director Nate Parker spoke in a series of interviews regarding a past rape trial he was involved in. — Fox dolled out $17.5 million for Birth of a Nation, the 1831-set slave rebellion drama led by Nat Turner. It's hoped that the film would be huge financially and culturally, much in the same vein as 12 Years a Slave.