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Release date: 9 December 2016
Running time: 120 minutes
A blistering biopic of the preacher who led an historic 19th century US slave rebellion. One of the few slaves who can read, Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is treated relatively humanely by Virginia plantation owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer). They've shared a bond since childhood and Nat is even able to persuade Samuel to buy a teenage slave named Cherry (Aja Naomi King), whom he goes on to marry. A deeply religious man, Nat visits other plantations to preach the gospel. But his eyes are opened to the sickening cruelty endured by his fellow slaves. Unable to stand by any longer, he now encourages them to rise up and overthrow their brutal masters. A long-gestating labour of love for writer, director and star Nate Parker, this angry, insightful and occasionally shocking drama recounts the true story of a key rebellion that helped pave the way for the American Civil War.
Original title: The Birth Of A Nation
Cast: Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Nate Parker
Director: Nate Parker
Age restrictions: 15