A Film about the Nation’s Biggest Slave Revolt Just Made History at Sundance

A must watch movie, “The Birth of a Nation,” sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival.

This year, the film that bears that name stars, was written, directed, and produced by a black man named Nate Parker, and it tells the story of Nat Turner’s slave revolt. It has just been purchased at Sundance in the biggest deal in the festival’s history.

Early Tuesday morning—likely in the wee morning hours—writer/director/star Nate Parker’s movie The Birth of a Nation sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival. No movie in the history of the festival has ever sold for that much. And it didn’t even go to the highest bidder.
Prior to the sale, both the Weinstein Company and Netflix both attempted to secure the picture, with Netflix reportedly offering a bold $20 million for the movie. It’s a huge deal, both literally and figuratively—one that (currently) tops a crazy week of Sundance acquisitions that has seen streaming giants Netflix and Amazon flexing their film-buying muscles like Draymond Green.

The film is a biographical drama steeped equally in grace and horror…that grapples fearlessly with the intense spiritual convictions that drove Turner to do what he had previously considered unthinkable.” That is to organize a slave revolt in 1831 that claimed the lives of 60 white slave owners (and sparked retaliation that ended the lives of 200 slaves).

In his opinion, “Birth of a Nation is one of the many steps necessary in treating this disease. Griffith’s film relied heavily on racist propaganda to evoke fear and desperation as a tool to solidify white supremacy as the lifeblood of American sustenance. Not only did this film motivate the massive resurgence of the terror group the Ku Klux Klan and the carnage exacted against people of African descent, it served as the foundation of the film industry we know today.”
Every black American must watch this movie.

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