2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award
This gritty film about Nat Turner, who had led the slaves uprising in 1831 in Virginia where slavery ruled its hardest, instantly became one of the most controversial cinematic events of the year. Nat Turner is a preacher, a slave, who as a child has learned to read the Bible. Eager to profit from his talents as a preacher and influence on the slaves, Nat’s master takes him on a journey across the country. During this journey, Nat truly gets to know the country he’s living in–the system built on blood and shame needs to be ended right away. Taking on the main role as well, director Nate Parker confronts his country with a dark chapter of history.