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Nate Parker’s Harrowing Debut ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is a Hand Grenade Thrown at America’s – and Hollywood’s – Racist Legacy

Jason Bailey | Flavorwire   in  · ·
January 26, 2016

PARK CITY, UTAH: When Nate Parker appeared before Monday’s world premiere of The Birth of a Nation at the Sundance Film Festival, he introduced it as “a film I’ve been carrying for seven years.” The gifted actor, familiar from Beyond the LightsRed Tails, and Arbitrage, put everything on the line to make this dramatization of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner; he not only plays Turner, but wrote, directed, and produced the film as well. You can feel his blood pulsing through every frame of Birth of a Nation, a vital, stirring, and powerful film by and about people of color – and which arrives like a hand grenade in the midst of a deafeningly loud discussion about why that’s such a rarity in contemporary Hollywood.

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