Nat Turner’s story of rebellion probably isn’t one you learned about in elementary school or even during Black History Month, but thankfully, it’s getting the big screen treatment in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation.
HipHollywood got a chance to see the film in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, and it is hands down an amazing film, and definitely Oscar-worthy. By most accounts, this is Parker’s (who plays Nat Turner) best work and his shining moment. But unfortunately, it’s a moment from his past, some 17 years ago, that is threatening to steal the spotlight from him — and the film.
We sat down with Parker and the cast including Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Aunjanue Ellis for what you can imagine was a tense but heartfelt series of interviews about the importance of the film, and their message to those who may be reluctant to see it.
The Birth of a Nation hits theaters on October 7th.