Birth of a Nation 2016

Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation

Look for SAC Cinema's announcement of a screening of Nate Parker's 2016 film about Nat Turner's Revolt, "Birth of a Nation" in early February 2017. We will be showing this in anticipation of Charles Burnett's visit February 16. Burnett will be discussing the ways Americans remember Nat Turner and how that informs our current race relations. We will also be screening Burnett's documentary Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property on January 10 and February 9.

In the meantime, read reviews of the film and inform yourself about some of the controversy surrounding it at these links:

Alden Young, “Braveheart for Black People: A Review of Birth of a NationAfrican American Intellectual History Society Blog, October 25, 2016. 

Salamishah Tillet, “How ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Silences Black WomenNew York Times October 12, 2016. 

A.O. Scott, “In Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ Must-See and Won’t-See CollideNew York Times October 6, 2016.