On this podcast, listen to Nathan and film critic T.T. Stern-Enzi discuss Nate Parkers controversial directorial debut, ‘Birth of a Nation’. T.T. (Terence Todd) breaks down his feelings before, during and after viewing the film. We tackle all the hard issues surrounding the movie. Should black people pay to see this film? Listen for yourself.
Nat Turner 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.
There are a couple of things that I want to get straight about the release of Nate Parker’s, ‘The Birth of a Nation’.
Nate Parker’s rendition of Nat Turners rebellion (Owned by Fox Searchlight by the way) is NOT more important than if he raped a woman 17 years ago. While I appreciate his artistic endeavors to bring forward a story that Hollywood has been too punked-out to tell. Black America is showing its patriarchy if some believe that the sexual assault of a woman is less important than a damn movie. That’s all “The Birth of a Nation is-a movie, nothing more.
Viewing Birth of a Nation should not be mistaken as activism, political engagement or recycling the black dollar. It’s none of those things. It’s simply viewing a movie. The REAL Nat Turner is not in it. It’s not a documentary. It’s NOT ‘Hidden Colors’. It’s a movies written and directed by Nate Parker. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ is owned by Fox Searchlight which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Fox movie executives are trying to capitalize off of the social unrest and interest created but the Black Lives Matters activist. They have created a commercial vehicle to focus your rage and your money. How is putting money in Rupert Murdoch’s phat pockets the same as recycling the black dollar? Easy answer- it’s not.
If you desire to see “The Birth of a Nation’, by all means go see it. But don’t act like you’re doing the black community a favor or somehow balancing the scales of movie story telling.