Check Out the Audacious New Poster for Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’

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Fox Searchlight

I must tip my hat to the marketing team at Fox Searchlight for the work they’ve done on Nate Parker’s much-anticipated “The Birth of a Nation” thus far. Every teaser, trailer and poster has been quite strong in terms of each use of images (or moving images and sound), and definitely memorable.

This second poster (above), released today, does not disappoint. I’m moved by its audacious, in-your-face nature and the statement it makes, with the American flag acting as a noose around Nat Turner’s – and one could essentially say, Black America’s – neck, especially in light of current events. I’m sure it’ll elicit intense reactions across the nation.

[UPDATE: Several folks on Twitter pointed out to me that the above poster is inspired by Philly artist Laurie Cooper’s “Black Man in America” – a print you can see below. The “Birth of a Nation” Twitter account acknowledged it this morning as well, with a tweet]

"Black Man In America" - by Laurie Cooper

“Black Man In America” – by Laurie Cooper

Parker wrote, directed and also stars in the film, playing Nat Turner.

The official synopsis reads: Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.

Joining Parker in front of the camera are Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. and others.

Fox Searchlight has set an October 7, 2016 release date for “Birth” which is a film that’s on my 2017 Oscar predictions list.

The previously-released soul-stirring full trailer follows below if you missed it (underneath it you’ll find the motion poster, also released previously, and the first poster):

The Birth of a Nation


  1. Doing the most for a movie I believe will fumble the ball during award season. Which is why Searchlight spent so much acquiring it.

  2. Mess with America “black” man, mess with “white” supremacy “black” man, get out of place “black” man, assert your rights as a human being “black” man….get lynched.

  3. This is a beautiful, powerful piece of art. It drives home the message that this nation was built on the back of slave labor, and that at the same time lynched many of its slaves. It could not be more relevant in light of current events, as police shootings have become the new lynchings.


  5. Not sure if this is a retelling, but even if it is the original “portrayal of black men (some played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is dramatized) as a heroic force.There were widespread African-American protests against The Birth of a Nation, such as in Boston, while thousands of white Bostonians flocked to see the film. The NAACP spearheaded an unsuccessful campaign to ban the film. Griffith’s indignation at efforts to censor or ban the film motivated him to produce Intolerance the following year. The film is also credited as being one of the events that inspired the formation of the “second era” Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in the same year. The Birth of a Nation, along with the trial and lynching of Leo Frank for the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan in Atlanta, was used as a recruiting tool for the KKK.Under President Woodrow Wilson it was the first American motion picture to be screened at the White House,although in 1914 the Italian film Cabiria had been shown on the White House lawn.” is a serious problem for me.

    • Amazing how clueless some people are. Did you even bother the read the post?!

  6. I want a copy of this poster too. I’m sure it’ll be available closer to October. Also appreciate the update with the link to pinterest.

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