The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film based on the story of #NatTurner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, #Virginia, in #1831.
The film is co-written, co-produced, directed by #NateParker (in his directorial debut) and stars Parker as Turner, with #ArmieHammer, #PenelopeAnnMiller #GabielleUnion in supporting roles. Parker also petitioned financiers to invest in the film, ultimately getting a $10 million production budget and started filming in May 2015 in #Georgia.. #NatTurner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County. #history