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Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina, that results in a violent retaliation from whites.

The Birth of a Nation | Nate Parker | 2016 | USA | Cert 15 | 120 mins

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. Won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

“It takes a condition that we have all thought about historically, politically and even dramatically and makes us actually feel it and live it. That’s a serious achievement.” Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The screening will be introduced by a short talk from Professor John Oldfield of WISE: the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. Professor Oldfield will talk about the film’s historical context and the connections between slave liberation movements in the USA and the abolition movement in Europe.

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Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina, that results in a violent retaliation from whites.

The Birth of a Nation | Nate Parker | 2016 | USA | Cert 15 | 120 mins

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. Won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

“It takes a condition that we have all thought about historically, politically and even dramatically and makes us actually feel it and live it. That’s a serious achievement.” Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The screening will be introduced by a short talk from Professor John Oldfield of WISE: the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. Professor Oldfield will talk about the film’s historical context and the connections between slave liberation movements in the USA and the abolition movement in Europe.

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