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Film: The Birth of a Nation at the IFI (audio described and open captioned)

20 Dec 2016 (Past)

Irish Film Institute

Written and directed by, and starring Nate Parker, The Birth of a Nation appropriates the title of D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic for this portrait of Nat Turner, an enslaved African American who, in 1831, led a short-lived slave rebellion in Virginia.

As a boy, Nat’s ability to read and write is encouraged by the wife of plantation owner Benjamin Turner, with whose son Samuel he frequently plays.

Given a Bible, Nat becomes deeply religious, and in adulthood, now the property of Samuel, preaches to his fellow slaves. When Samuel loans him out to other slave-owners who want Nat to use religion to quell dissent and justify slaves’ suffering, what Nat sees leads him to believe that violent uprising is necessary.

With echoes of 12 Years a Slave (2013), this is a powerful, vivid, and timely depiction of a shameful practice.

Captioned screenings:

Monday 19th December at 18.10

Tuesday 20th December at 13.00

In addition, Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings of The Birth of a Nation.


Audio Description
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Irish Film Institute
The Birth of a Nation