Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Nate Parker’s powerful slave drama “The Birth of a Nation”. The film stole the limelight at the Sundance Film Festival this year where it won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, and Searchlight picked it up in the largest ever deal at the festival to date.
Set against the antebellum South, the story follows a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities, Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. The film opens October 7th.