‘The Birth of a Nation’ Trailer: Stirring Images of a Slave Rebellion

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This Sundance Film Festival winner looks pretty powerful.

The 1915 film The Birth of a Nation from director D.W. Griffith caused controversy over its subject matter — the rise of the Ku Klux Klan – but still stands today as a historic feat in early filmmaking.

Now, we have a new The Birth of a Nation, a film that revolves around Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion. Written, directed and starring Nate Parker (The Great Debaters; Beyond the Lights), the film was named Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize winner, received a record-breaking $17.5 million distribution deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures and already has early Oscar buzz.

This first teaser is set to Nina Simone’s haunting song, “Strange Fruit,” and shows familiar atrocities of slavery in the South. Turner begins to preach the gospel of rebellion, which leads to the historic violent uprising of slaves against their white oppressors.

Watch the trailer above. The Birth of a Nation hits theaters October 7.