‘The Birth of a Nation’ Full Trailer: ‘We’ll Fight, and We’ll Number in the Hundreds’

The fiery full-length trailer of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” debuted on Tuesday, set to the tune of Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day’s “Rise Up.”

Filled with the sound of rattling chains and the cracking of whips, the trailer offers up a riveting peek into world that led to the famous Nat Turner Rebellion.

“Lord’s spoken to me — visions of what’s to come. The rise of good against evil,” said Turner (Parker) in the trailer, among a group of fellow slaves.

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“What we gunna do?” he’s asked.

“We’ll fight. Once it begins, our brothers and sisters will join. And we’ll number in the hundreds. Thousands even.”

The film, which had its premiere at Sundance, won over critics and audiences at the fest, receiving the grand jury prize and audience award. It was sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million, which set the record for the highest buy at Sundance.

“The Birth of a Nation” was written, directed and co-produced by Parker, who also plays Turner, the slave and preacher who led the rebellion. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley and Penelope Ann Miller.

“The Birth of a Nation” is set for an October 2016 release.

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  1. making money from a hot topic

  2. Eh. Feels one-sided. Good message but it’s never been as simple as “We whites hated blacks”. Not racist since I’m sure that will be the first thing thrown at me. I believe all men have the right to be equal and treated on their character, not their skin color. However, I also believe if you’re going to tell history, make sure you get it right so as not to instigate more hatred. Nat Parker was very clear he made this as his own sort of “Rebellion” and took a title from a KKK film specifically for that reason. In my opinion, the best example of this topic was “Amistad”. It covered a wide array of topics and perspectives while explaining the irony of how a lot of slaves got here because their own tribesmen sold them for goods. I mean imagine that perspective for a moment if you will. You’re a trader who enters this strange land and those people are willing to sell their own for goods. And from the perspective of those tribesmen I imagine it was a fascination of a strange people entering their land. In the end, I feel films like this play it safe because, for anyone who even has a small knowledge of history, you know this doesn’t end well. Course you can say that about any historical film nowadays with the internet around to look it up months before the film comes out so what do I know. LOL

    • Lori McAfee says:

      Slaves held here had every damn right to murder those that were enslaving them. There is no fucking….other side of the story.

      • You’re right but the point of a film is not just justification of action, it’s also a voyeur into the world in general so that you understand why it happened to begin with. This is so horrible things that happen again…that’s the other side of the story and watch your damn language. If you’re going to try and speak to me like you know better, sound like an adult.

    • To clarify, I meant it never WAS as simple as “We whites hate blacks” in that era. There was a lot of elements. Religious, cultural, and so on involved in that era. I hope that is covered.

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