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Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Written by
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This movie deliberately shares its title with D. W. Griffith's 1915 movie The Birth of A Nation. That film, an adaptation of Thomas Dixon's 1902-1905 pro-Klan novels The Leopard's Spots and The Clansman, was a runaway critical, commercial, and cultural success upon its release (President Woodrow Wilson, who screened it in the White House, was said to have declared that it was "like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true"), but it was also the subject of protests against its virulently racist view of African Americans. Historians see the movie as a major impetus for the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan and a concomitant rise in lynchings and other racist violence during the early part of the 1900s. Protesting the film's racist views was an early action for the then-young NAACP. Long into the twentieth century, mainstream (mostly white) cinema scholars continued to praise the film as a landmark technical achievement in the history of motion pictures while giving short shrift to or ignoring altogether its racist message; one film student who had the experience of learning about Griffith's film in this way was Spike Lee, who was so outraged that his NYU Film School professors taught The Birth of a Nation with no mention of its racist message or legacy that he made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. The Answer so offended many of his professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote. (See also the trivia section for Dear White People (2014).) See more »
First off, yes the 1915 movie of the same title is racist against black and bi-racial people and historically inaccurate but for its time it was huge and is considered a classic of film. In the context of the time period it was made it was still controversial but movies were very much in their infancy and this film's epic scale and techniques influence movies even today. It obviously had a bias and its own agenda.
Now this movie seems to be more of just trying to be equally racist by demonizing whites and it sadly enough managed to be just as historically inaccurate. I was really hoping society evolved to the point of making something dignified and accurate without trying to push an agenda.
I am not going to give spoilers but this is pretty much P.C. racist propaganda, just like the original but without the quality.
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