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After creating the most buzz of any film in the history of the Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation finally sees its debut trailer released. The film, chronicling the 1831 slave rebellion of Nat Turner was sold to Fox Searchlight Pictures for a record $17.5 million at Sundance this past January. The Birth Of A Nation won not only the audience prize at the Sundance Festival but the grand jury prize as well, a first for first-time director Parker who also produced, stars in & wrote the film.

Set to be released right in the thick of awards season, The Birth Of A Nation‘s debut trailer is as startling as it is beautiful. Soundtracked to Nina Simone’s cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Turner (Parker) is seen as a literate slave who brokered a deal with his owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) to subdue unruly slaves whose masters feel have strayed from their already wicked leadership.

Having seen more grotesque incidents involving slaves and their white owners than he can bear, Turner begins the seeds for insurrection, staging the largest and bloodiest slave rebellion in the 400-year history of the practice on American soil. Ask any black person within earshot about the prospects of a Nat Turner film hitting theaters before The Birth Of A Nation and you would have been met with skepticism. With Hollywood pushing slave-related films that show more perseverance through patience than violence, The Birth Of A Nation is an outlier and one that certainly will be talked about for years to come.

Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King and Mark Boone Jr. co-star in the film. The Birth Of A Nation arrives on October 7th.

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