I feel like I should point out that this film doesn’t have anything to do with the 1915 silent movie of the same name. In fact, it’s sort of the opposite of that film.
This The Birth of A Nation (written, directed, produced, and starring Nate Parker), rather than being a love letter to the KKK, is actually about slave and Baptist preacher Nat Turner. In August of 1831, Nat Turner lead a slave rebellion in Virginia after seeing a solar eclipse the previous February that he took as a sign. I’m not going to go too much into the history of the rebellion here, but I’ve linked the Wikipedia article above if you would like to know more about it.
The trailer is simple, but effective. We see clips of the movie that help to illustrate what had happened to lead up to this rebellion. The music (especially the use of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”) also works to its advantage.
I would also like to say that this is a very important story about an important (and horrible) chapter in US history. In the grand scheme of things, the slave trade wasn’t really all that long ago (and in some respects is still happening), and it still affects the lives of African-American citizens to this day.
I also really enjoy that Mr. Parker took the title of one of the most racist films ever made and applied it to the story of a black man.
The Birth of A Nation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and will be getting a theatrical release on October 7.