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Birth of a Nation

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

This film is a remake of an early telling of the story of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Turner is literate, having learned to read from the pages of the Bible. He was forced to use his preaching skill to keep the slaves “in line” and productive for their owners. Nat struggles with this task, because he knows, instinctively, the Scriptures are really about freedom. We see suffering, but also one man’s passionate conviction he would prefer death to a continued life of slavery. The story is a hard one, but it’s history. Helps us understand the current racism and revenge that flourish even now. 


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