Over this past weekend, I was able to go see the critically acclaimed Birth Of A Nation. I have honestly been waiting patiently for this movie throughout this whole year. The impact of film can be so widespread if seen by the masses, especially within the black community of the United States.
This film gives black youth a hero in Nat Turner from the slavery era that we were never taught about (for obvious reasons). For most of our lives, we have only seen films depict African Americans as merely the help and in a weak position with the exception of Django Unchained. Not only does it show a black hero that arose from slavery, but it puts in context WHY it happened the way it did.
Another lesser known fact about this film is that the title is taken from an early 20th Century KKK recruitment film of the same name. That movie depicted the rise of the clan during the Civil War and Reconstruction era of American history. It depicts African Americans as savage rapists with no moral code and spawned the 2nd coming of the clan. Nate Parker, producer and lead actor, took this name purposely to show another point of view where slave rebellions left a legacy and led to the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation of the late 1800's versus the belief that Abraham Lincoln simply "freed the slaves" because he thought it was unjust and inhumane. He strives to show the untold side of the story and does so with an emotionally driven time-piece.
I wanted to refrain from giving spoilers, so I truly urge you to go catch this film in theaters and pray that it sparks your interest to do more research into the heroic history of the African American people in the United States. Below is an interview Nate Parker did with The Breakfast Club last week discussing the film before it premiered.