Nate Parker makes history at Sundance as "Birth of a Nation" earns largest festival deal ever
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Parker also wrote and directed The Birth of a Nation, using his own money to finance the project. In what's being called the "richest" deal in the film festival's history, Fox Searchlight beat out The Weinstein Company, Sony, and Netflix in bidding
"The deal is the richest in Sundance history." *mic drop* *tosses confetti* *praise clap* *misty copeland twirl* https://t.co/OQnPMKShcR— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 26, 2016
A trailer has not been released. Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King, and Mark Boone Jr. all star alongside Parker in the gripping real life story about the 1831 slave rebellion
via Variety: “‘The Birth of a Nation’ exists to provoke a serious debate about the necessity and limitations of empathy, the morality of retaliatory violence, and the ongoing black struggle for justice and equality in this country. It earns that debate and then some.”