Birth of a Nation trailer still

Here’s the Haunting First Trailer for The Birth of a Nation Film

Recommended Videos

For those of you who, like me, still have a bit of a visceral reaction to the words The Birth of a Nation, perhaps you should check out this trailer for the forthcoming film that came out of this past year’s Sundance with a record-breaking $17.5 million deal. Intended to be a subversion of D.W. Griffith’s white supremacist film of the same name that triggered the birth of the “second era” of the Ku Klux Klan, this Birth of a Nation centers on the story of Nat Turner, a literate slave in the pre-Civil War South, whose skills as a preacher are put to use controlling and quelling his fellow people. But after finding out more about the various horrifying things done to them, he decides to use his skills to organize “an uprising in the hope of leading his people to freedom,” according to Deadline.

The trailer is incredibly haunting, featuring the late Nina Simone singing a cover of “Strange Fruit,” which itself is a song based on a poem that protested racism in America. It specifically speaks of the lynching of African Americans, and works well in this trailer to set the tone. What begins as a peek into the movie’s characters toiling as slaves turns into a look at them coming together to rise up against those who would try to hold them down. Nat Turner’s words overtake the haunting tune and a driving drum rhythm rises as they come together to face off against their slavers.

Judging just by the trailer, this movie looks to be pretty incredible.

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Like ‘Damsel,’ These 10 Films Turn Fairytale Clichés on Their Heads
Millie Bobby Brown in a promotional shot for Netflix's Damsel
Read Article Sonic Found His Shadow in Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves as John Wick in 'John Wick: Chapter 4'
Read Article Rebecca Ferguson Defends Telling Her Story Despite Former Castmates’ Reactions: ‘It’s Not My Responsibility, To Be Honest’
Rebecca Ferguson poses at the Mission Impossible - Dead Reckoning premiere in the UK
Read Article ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Screening Disrupted by Homophobic, Misogynistic Hecklers
Jackie and Lou sit together on the gym floor in Love Lies Bleeding.
Read Article Henry Cavill’s New War Movie Promises Blood, Guts, and Guy Ritchie Antics Galore
Henry Cavill in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Related Content
Read Article Like ‘Damsel,’ These 10 Films Turn Fairytale Clichés on Their Heads
Millie Bobby Brown in a promotional shot for Netflix's Damsel
Read Article Sonic Found His Shadow in Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves as John Wick in 'John Wick: Chapter 4'
Read Article Rebecca Ferguson Defends Telling Her Story Despite Former Castmates’ Reactions: ‘It’s Not My Responsibility, To Be Honest’
Rebecca Ferguson poses at the Mission Impossible - Dead Reckoning premiere in the UK
Read Article ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Screening Disrupted by Homophobic, Misogynistic Hecklers
Jackie and Lou sit together on the gym floor in Love Lies Bleeding.
Read Article Henry Cavill’s New War Movie Promises Blood, Guts, and Guy Ritchie Antics Galore
Henry Cavill in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Author
Jessica Lachenal
Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (thebolditalic.com), and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters (spinningplatters.com). She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.