#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Nat Turner, 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.
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Birth of a Nation might not be perfect but it is a competent retelling about a catalytic moment in the black freedom struggle.
History favours the brave, but like any form of art, it is also about perception. Whether that perception is a result of inner expression or manipulated by external influences, what matters is the manner in which it is told. Bold, controversial and violent, The Birth of a Nation is a period drama that is as powerful as it is important. Most of all, this film functions as a cinematic memorial to one of the first freedom fighters that would eventually give rise to the American Civil Rights Movement.
His name was Nat Turner and although not shown in the film, he received the same fate as the fictionalized William Wallace (who was famously portrayed by Mel Gibson in Braveheart). Played by Nate Parker in his directorial debut, Nat is a slave with compassion for his fellow slaves. He is also in good standing with his master Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) but the latter has problems of his own, including mounting debts and alcoholism. They were friends since childhood and Samuel’s mother was the first to notice Nat’s incredible ability to read (this was a time when literacy was considered a gift, and rare even for white landowners). With this ‘ability’ Nat is allowed to preach the Bible to other slaves with the intention of putting the fear of God into them. It works for some time, until Nat witnesses the ugly and often heinous atrocities of slavery. The inevitable happens when Nat perceives scripture as a double-edged sword – that which justifies slavery and that which justifies retribution.
Based on the actual 1831 salve rebellion in Virginia, and co-written by Parker, The Birth of a Nation is a slow burner during its first two acts. Visual artistry notwithstanding, Parker’s nuance is the cogs and wheels turning in Nat’s head. Did he snap or was he disillusioned by his own sermons? Although the result is an explosive finale that is both brutal and disturbing, the answer to that question lies in the way Nat is perceived. With collateral damage on both sides, history has all but condemned Nat Turner as a mass murderer, much like what English history says about Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace. But the director has us believe otherwise; that Nat was more like a hero whose actions influenced a far bloodier war 30 years later in the emancipation of slavery, and hence the title.
Yet at its core, this film is a penetrating enquiry into the ongoing struggles for justice and equality, the fine line between the use and abuse of authority, and also whether the history taught today is factual, or eroded, or sanitised. Whether Nat lost his faith or manipulated scripture to justify his rebellion is of little importance because The Birth of a Nation is competently made and told with grit. Like Steve McQueen’s relentless 12 Years a Slave before, the theme on dehumanisation is rampant and doesn’t let go even during its most harrowing moments. Even so, Parker’s narrative may not be as flawless as McQueen’s Academy Award winning masterpiece but it’s still an effective undertaking for a debut director; And given the racial uproar behind the new Trump administration, perhaps even a well-timed film that takes a stab at a challenging dilemma – intention versus action.
An unflinching telling of history, the Sundance breakout of 2016
The title, ‘The Birth of a Nation’, is a reclaiming of the same title associated with the 1915 D.W. Griffith silent film. Griffith’s movie was the first epic of its kind but is a blatant and spooky glorification of the Klu Klux Klan from today’s lens. It’s been a blemish that can’t be concealed in cinematic history since its release. Nate Parker’s story repurposes the title as a symbol of how this country was built on the backbones of enslaved Africans and their unavoidable connection to a country founded on the pursuit of freedom. It’s a brilliant way to shelve Griffith’s film, which is an important movie for historical and cinematic study but like the Confederate Flag has no place in today’s world. Parker’s 2016 film most certainly does. Turner was born a slave but early on was unusually taught to read from the Bible, and would grow up to become a preacher. Through studying the Bible while living in the midst of slavery (which as Parker put it, “allowed nobody to go to sleep without a guilty conscience”), Turner reaches a point where he can no longer stay silent about the cruel injustice that, in this world, is a daily routine. At a certain point, he is tired of the slave owners abusing scripture passages to make their slaves submissive and moves toward radical action as the only path to freedom. One area where Parker shines is his depiction of the women in this world. I would advocate for calling this a feminist piece, which will get overlooked given its a movie where race is the forefront of the conversation. A slew of strong women play pivotal roles in the cast: Turner’s grandmother, mother, eventual wife, along with Mistress Turner, the white baroness of the plantation Nat lives on (Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, and Penelope Ann Miller). Multiple other women are essential to the story as well. These women play a massive role in his life and are never reduced to bit roles. It’s a rarity for a male director to make so much room for prominent female roles (not to mention especially in a historical film). Overall, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ strikes a chord that the industry needs to feel right now and that the audience will experience upon its release. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the lack of media representation, Parker’s unflinching telling of history invites the public to experience a part of this nation’s formation and legacy that may not be well known to the general public, and as Paker emphasizes, reflect on why it matters today.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Nate Parker
Writer Nate Parker (screenplay by), Nate Parker (story by), Jean McGianni Celestin (story by)
Actors Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley
Country USA, Canada
Awards 3 wins & 29 nominations.
Production Company Phantom Four, Bron Studios, Mandalay Pictures
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT Plus, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Red Epic Dragon, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Headquarters, Burbank (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex, Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (5K) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema