THE BIRTH OF A NATION – Director: Nate Parker, USA
POST-SCREENING Q&A with Dr Robert Beckford (BBC and Channel 4), Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora and I Will Tell Festival Director, Jenny Lee. Other panellists to be announced shortly.
SYNOPSIS: Set against the American South thirty years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and based on a true story, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
The film packs a strong emotional punch and is a painfully honest look at Nat Turner’s legacy with poignant references to modern day race relations, seeming to deliberately leave open the question– what would you have done and what would you do now?
CAST: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr.,Aunjanue Ellis, Roger Guenveur Smith, Colman Doming
LINK TO THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i18z1EQCoyg
A beautiful, reflective film, even if it's also a brutal visceral one. (New York Magazine)
A riveting, profound, compelling, provocative and unsettling film. (Metacritic)
Parker often crafts urgent, even spectacular shots and sequences that convey fierce passion, belief, and faith. (Sundance)
DATE: Saturday 3 December
DOORS OPEN: 1:30pm
FILM STARTS: 2:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: Children below the age of 15 would not be allowed access to the screening.