2016 deliberately references the D.W. Griffith’s 1915 movie The Birth of a Nation. Nate Parker, Director of Birth of a Nation 2016, chose the title in order to stir up controversy and increase publicity.
Parker made the reference to the 1915 version; which was a completely different story. The pro-Ku Klux Klan The 1915 was one of the earliest, silent films. It is known as one of the most notoriously racist films.
The 2016 film has different subject; examining Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 from the slaves’ points of view.
The question is: does the new, 2016 film, stand alone? What would the movie be without the hype?
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