This official tie-in edition to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, presents the philosophy and craft behind the making of the film, situating the film's relevance not only within cinematic history but also within the greater dialog of race, subjugation and resistance. In addition to "My Journey with Nat Turner" by writer/director, Nate Parker, the book will also feature: "The Unbroken Chain of Enslaved African Resistance and Rebellion" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry, "Slavery and (In)Justice During the Nat Turner Rebellion: History and Legacy of the 'Rule of Law' in America" by Alfred L. Brophy, "Nat Turner at the Crossroads: African Iconography and Cosmologies in The Birth of a Nation" by Kelley Fanto Deetz, PhD, and "Why Nat Turner Matters: The Importance of History in Contemporary Consciousness" by Brian Favors, MEd.
More than just a tie-in this book seeks to educate the listener as to Nat Turner's legacy and influence. By bringing together an array of artists and intellectuals, this book speaks directly to Turner's importance throughout history and especially his relevance to contemporary social relations.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Parker is the producer, director, and star of the 2016 film that ironically bears the same name as the famous 1915 D.W. Griffith Civil War movie. This audiobook is the official tie-in to Parkers film. His diction is precise, his reading clear, and his passionate attachment to resistance against oppression always in evidence. In the first half, he reads his essay explaining his lifelong fascination with Nat Turner, who exemplifies, for Parker, the defiant attitude and conduct of certain 19th-century slavesan attitude that he believes is evident today in the Black Lives Matter movement. In the second half, Parker reads essays by others exploring the historical context of Turners slave rebellion and its relevance to contemporary events and discourse. A 37Ink hardcover. (Oct.)