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Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)

The story and legacy of the enigmatic leader of the notorious 1831 homicidal slave revolt in Virginia, along with reviews of works about him, are explored; twentieth century civil rights discussed and cultural relativism mentioned.

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The story and legacy of the enigmatic leader of the notorious 1831 homicidal slave revolt in Virginia, along with reviews of works about him, are explored; twentieth century civil rights discussed and cultural relativism mentioned.

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Excellent Documentary on Turner
12 December 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)

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Charles Burnett directs this fascinating documentary that discusses the controversial figure Nat Turner. In 1831 Turner led a slave revolt as the men killed their slave owners as well as their wives and children. Turner was eventually hung for the crimes and many others were brutally murdered to make sure something like this never happened again.

This documentary makes it very clear that we really don't know what happened to set off this revolt and there's really not too much known about Turner. What makes this documentary so fascinating is that it takes an open and honest look at the subject and we get to hear from various sides as they discuss him and his actions. We have experts who say that Turner would be better respected had he not killed women and children. You have the other side saying that such brutality was needed.

The debate on that subject is just one of many as we also hear debates about what actually happened and what was the reason for the revolt. If you're interested in the subject matter then you should really love this documentary because it covers so much ground and best of all is the fact that it's fair and balanced, which is something missing from most films like it.


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