Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation is one of the most highly-anticipated movies out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It even struck a record-breaking distribution deal with Fox Searchlight. The Birth of a Nation reworks the title of D.W. Griffith’s controversial 1915 film (originally titled The Clansman) for a biopic of Nat Turner, who led a Virginian slave uprising in 1831. The movie’s theatrical release is still a few months away, but a new “living poster” is available now.
The brief video features Turner (Parker) telling his fellow slaves, “Brothers, we’ve been chosen. The Lord has spoken to me: visions of what’s to come. A rise of good against evil. The first shall be last, the last shall be first. Stand with us. Stand with us.” Meanwhile, the camera pans out from Parker’s face to show all the rebels standing beside him … painted in red, and formed into the stripes of the American flag. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, The Birth of a Nation seems poised to remind viewers that American history belongs not just to presidents and victors, but to everyone who ever gave their lives for the civil rights and freedom promised in the Declaration of Independence.
Watch the “living poster” below. The Birth of a Nation is out Oct. 7.