Thursday, June 1, 2017

Birth of a Nation (2016)


2016 deliberately references the D.W. Griffith’s 1915 movie The Birth of a Nation. Nate Parker, Director of Birth of a Nation 2016, chose the title in order to stir up controversy and increase publicity.
Parker made the reference to the 1915 version; which was a completely different story about the Ku Klux Klan. The 1915 was one of the earliest, silent films. It is known as one of the most notoriously racist films.
The 2016 film has different subject; examining Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 from the slaves’ points of view.
The question is: Does the new, 2016 film, stand alone? What would the movie be without the hype?
Join the Un-Common Cinema screening of the 2016 version, and join in the
conversation.

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