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Get Ready for Nate Parker in this ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Remix!

Somehow in 2015, where the president of the United States is Black, and a grand total of five Black people have won an Oscar for best actor/actress, America still regards D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of A Nation, as a masterpiece in cinematic history.

In case you don’t know what the movie is about, just put it likes this: the original title was The Clansman, it came out in 1915, and there’s plenty of blackface. Despite it’s disgustingly blatant racist message and imagery, it gets praised for it’s technological and cinematic innovations of the time.

Okay.

Well Nate Parker, the actor you may know as the male lead in Beyond The Lights, felt like it was time for a change. Parker wrote, directed, and starred in his own take on The Birth of a Nation, and it’s nothing like the original.

READ: Movies that Left People of Color Out and Bombed at the Box Office!

In Parker’s new film, slated to debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Parker retells the infamous story of Nat Turner’s rebellion, starring as Turner himself.

Turner’s story is one that usually gets a paragraph, if that much in your fifth grade social studies book. Turner, a literate slave who had enough harm, led a game-changing rebellion of slaves and freed Blacks in Southampton County, Virginia in August of 1831.

The film also stars  Gabrielle UnionArmie HammerAja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, and Mark Boon Jr.

A trailer for the film hasn’t been released yet, but these still shots are possibly more of a statement than a trailer could ever make!

Nate Parker The Birth Of A Nation -Jawbreaker

Nate Parker The Birth Of A Nation -Jawbreaker

Nate Parker The Birth Of A Nation -Jawbreaker

Photo Credit: Shadow & Act

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.