Poster for The Birth of a Nation

We are so excited for The Birth of a Nation, premiering at midnight on Wednesday, 7 March on M-Net Movies Premiere.

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With an all-star cast, here are a few facts about this movie;

  • Nate Parker writes, produces, directs and acts in this 2016 movie, for which he also invested $100 000 of his own money, to get the movie made.
  • Other actors you can see in this period drama based on the slave rebellion by Nat Turner are Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Anne Miller and Armie Hammer.
  • The movie was filmed in Georgia in just 27 days on a former plantation.
  • In 2016, The Birth of a Nation released at the Sundance Film Festival, where FOX Searchlight Pictures bought the rights to screen the movie for $17.5 million. This was the biggest deal in Sundance history.
  • The movie won two awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Audience Award: Dramatic and the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic.
  • The story of Nat Turner is well documented. In addition to this movie, his name has been referenced in songs from Lecrae (Freedom) and Chance The Rapper (How Great). Even the great Tupac spoke of Nat  and it is believed that the cross tattoo on his back is a reference to the rebellion led by Nat.

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