‘Birth of A Nation’ is a based on the true story of Nat Turner, an educated slave, and preacher who lead a violent slave rebellion in 1831. The film stars Nate Parker, who also wrote and directed the epic biopic. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ competed at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and managed to not only win both the Audience and Grand Jury award in the Dramatic competition, but the film also managed to get bought by Fox Searchlight in the biggest festival purchase to date, for a total of $17.5 Million dollars.
Not bad for a first time director with a budget of 10 million.
The Birth of a Nation releases in theaters on October 7, 2016.