'Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property'

As part of Luther College's observance of Black History Month, the Africana Studies department is sponsoring screenings of Charles Burnett's documentary film "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Franklin W. Olin Building Room 102 on Luther's campus.

A discussion led by Harleigh Boldridge, Luther junior social work and religion major, follows the Jan. 10 screening, and a discussion led by Thomas C. Johnson, assistant professor of communication studies, follows the Feb. 9 screening. The events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The screenings are in preparation for Burnett's Feb. 16 visit to campus.

"Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property" engages with competing artistic and historic interpretations of the famous moment when Virginia slaves unified to violently protest their enslavement and the system of slavery in general in 1831.

Burnett is a writer-director whose work has received extensive honors. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, his family soon moved to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Burnett studied creative writing at UCLA before entering the University's graduate film program.

Regarded as a prolific filmmaker, Burnett's titles include "Killer of Sheep," "My Brother's Wedding," "To Sleep with Anger," "Nightjohn," "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding," and "Selma, Lord Selma." He has been granted awards from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and The J.P. Getty Foundation. In 2011, the Museum of Modern Art showcased his work in a month-long retrospective.

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Filmmaker Charles Burnett