The first trailer for The Birth of a Nation has been released. Tackling the heavy subject of slavery, this drama was a Sundance favorite (we’re gonna ignore its current 5.8 score on IMDB and trust the Grand Jury and Audience Award honors it received at the festival instead) and based on this raw, powerful teaser trailer, it’s easy to see why. Could it be an Oscar hopeful? We’ll have to see. Check out the teaser for the film down below.
Nat Turner (Nate Parker, who directs the film), a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
Also starring Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Aja Naomi King, The Birth of Nation will begin its theatrical run on October 7th later this year.