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188 Ratings

The Birth of a Nation

Directed by Nate Parker
United States, 2016
Drama, History


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.

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The Birth of a Nation Directed by Nate Parker

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Audience Award)

Directors Guild of America

2017 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    Even if Oscar hopes weren't dashed by Parker's rape scandal, Birth would still be a sham, a film whose mediocrity is more painful for being so self-important. Parker's stated influence was Mel Gibson, and he picks up Gibson's problematic traits—messiah complex, fetishistic violence, bludgeoning simplicity—without the craft. As for characterizations and historical atmosphere, you could puncture them with a pencil.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    The importance of this tale and its timely telling has been overcome by the director's own history and will not reach the masses it deserves. Mind the filmmaking on display is a little rough and Parker has somewhat turned it into a vanity project as well. The subject would have had more resonance with a more established director (imagine Haile Gerima) but still manages to convey an urgency and sobering resonance.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    Writer/director/producer/and lead actor Nate Parker tries to be the judge, jury, lawyer, plaintiff, and defendant in his own courtroom, but can't even seem to make a cogent argument in the meantime. Melodramatic without being particularly compelling and just reminds you how big of a staple and impact the vastly superior 12 Years a Slave was and had.

  • Kamran's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    A digressive narrative dilutes the films sensitivity to its subject matter, rendering instead moments of supposed emotional gravitas. This is where emotional manipulation trumps sensible storytelling. Overall rather well shot and paced besides ventures into pseudo surrealism. 63/100 - Decent. (2.5)

  • cherbourgdoll's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    where to start? the other reviews cover that this is garbage, technically and artistically. you might also consider: - the film is made by a literal rapist (nate parker). - it glorifies a deranged man who slaughtered women and children (nat turner). - they use a *fictional rape* as the catalyst for nat's revenge. it never happened. this film is a hot pile of shit and to treat it as "important" is an insult.

  • THE APOLL0's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    Instead of Braveheart in a southern plantation the cinema of this film was revealed to be a student film version of passion of the Christ. For what was supposed to be a slave rebellion in the revolutionary sense there was very little time spent with the interactions and relationships between the slaves themselves especially compared to the time taken to examine the motivations of the masters between each other.

  • thivai abhor's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    History rarely explored in Am film or literature (almost absent in film) - Problematic usage of maudlin music - Incisive & direct critique of role religion played in subjugation & pacification of slaves - Recognition & depiction of the historical record of slave revolts/resistance -

  • Mcpeer's rating of the film The Birth of a Nation

    Don't buy into the praise, the film's success is a product of timing and the 2016 racial political climate, not craft. Period pieces shot digitally are difficult to do well and this may be the clearest example why. It looks and feels like 2016's version of 1820 and adapts 2016's progressive outlook and applies it retroactively. Re-watch 12 Years a Slave and you'll see the difference between a master and novice.

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