Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

Today’s Nat Turner

Nate Parker in The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Birth of a Nation starts with a crackerjack idea for a historical epic: the story of Nat Turner, the rebel slave, and his 1831 uprising in Southampton County, Va. If you liked the brutal realism of 12 Years a Slave and the slaveowners-get-theirs catharsis of Django Unchained, Turner’s famous story promises both experiences for the price of one. And at first the promise seemed fulfilled: Produced and directed and co-written and headlined by Nate Parker, a young African-American actor who had nothing like this on his résumé, Birth earned standing ovations at Cannes, got purchased for a ridiculous $17.5

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