My film review of Birth of a Nation

Grade: A++

Mind still blown. I understand why this movie faced so many hurdles to bring it from concept to cinema. I'm surprised that it was not removed from movie theaters and banned by the FBI, like the 'Spook who sat by the door" (in 1973, but re-released by actor Tim Reid in 2006...check it out on Youtube).

1. There were no white heroes. Matthew McConaughey or Brad Pitt didn't save the slaves at the end of the movie, like in Free State of Jones and 12 years of slave,. They rose up and took their freedom.

2. the humanity of the slave was the main focus from their perspective, not the slave owners or local abolitionists. Their attempts to try to fit into the slavery system and then the realization that the system can not stand.

3. Watching this movie make me wonder why, at my age, I am just learning about this story. Yes, I could have 'read a book' on Nat Turner, but who wrote that book? What is their agenda? When I was younger, books I read depicted Marcus Garvey as an enemy of the state. Nat Turner was minimized to a footnote under 'some slaves rebelled'.

4. the usage of the Bible to further control blacks in slavery and Nat Turner's ability to contradict the nonsense. Bible is still used today in the exact same way (in 2016, Pastors for Trump is a great example of this). Still wondering why so many outsiders, i.e. politicians and bankers, have used the church as if they lead the community. I guess they use to during the Civil Rights movement, but with the recent elections and that Wells Fargo's guilty verdict with using Baltimore's black churches for mortgage profit, shows that people can buy some Pastor's opinions/influence.

 

I highly recommend this movie to everyone with an open mind. It is nice to see AMERICAN history in film, esp Black stories beyond yet another 'Blacks take their beatings with dignity' film.

 

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I'll catch it on video or Neflix.  

Actually, Netflix or Amazon is one avenue for Historically Accurate Black History Films.  

In this age of technology, the internet and streaming, I really don't see why Black/African America/African artists, actors, movie writers, directors, etc., keep trying to go through the same old avenues that have NEVER been truly receptive of any great work by Black people and especially any TRUE history of the Black race.  

Brotha RR wrote: 

Grade: A++

Mind still blown. I understand why this movie faced so many hurdles to bring it from concept to cinema. I'm surprised that it was not removed from movie theaters and banned by the FBI, like the 'Spook who sat by the door" (in 1973, but re-released by actor Tim Reid in 2006...check it out on Youtube).

1. There were no white heroes. Matthew McConaughey or Brad Pitt didn't save the slaves at the end of the movie, like in Free State of Jones and 12 years of slave,. They rose up and took their freedom.

  Thank God.  We don't need to see any more white hopes or saviors in our story of struggle.  Cuz it is a fake fact. 

2. the humanity of the slave was the main focus from their perspective, not the slave owners or local abolitionists. Their attempts to try to fit into the slavery system and then the realization that the system can not stand.

And I know I sound like a broken record but it is extremely important.  There is a difference between the domestic slave and the sex slave.  And it is the domestic slave that acquired freedom for all-except of course in parts of the middle east and large portions of Africa.  But that was a huge accomplishment especially since black domestic slaves were enslaved for a thousand years compared to the others  who were enslaved for at least 5 thousand years who descendants are still enslaved in many areas of the world to this very day.  Shows the strength and determination of our culture.   

3. Watching this movie make me wonder why, at my age, I am just learning about this story. Yes, I could have 'read a book' on Nat Turner, but who wrote that book? What is their agenda? When I was younger, books I read depicted Marcus Garvey as an enemy of the state. Nat Turner was minimized to a footnote under 'some slaves rebelled'.

And there are so many more stories just like this that they don't talk about.  They barely did the movie on Rosewood.  Which showed how blacks were becoming economically successful and self-sufficient. 

4. the usage of the Bible to further control blacks in slavery and Nat Turner's ability to contradict the nonsense. Bible is still used today in the exact same way (in 2016, Pastors for Trump is a great example of this). Still wondering why so many outsiders, i.e. politicians and bankers, have used the church as if they lead the community. I guess they use to during the Civil Rights movement, but with the recent elections and that Wells Fargo's guilty verdict with using Baltimore's black churches for mortgage profit, shows that people can buy some Pastor's opinions/influence.

The bible along with many of religious books are nothing more than slave books.  To justify slavery.  The stories  in them were stolen from Egypt.  As a matter of fact , all of the religious books stole passages from the Egyptian Mysteries and call it their own.  But primarily those books were used to promote slavery and justify child marriages [another form of sex slavery].   Also pastors to me have always been "pimps" of the church cuz they are really out for themselves....I would even consider them as being a coon eunuch....cuz of their dedication to the bible [ i.e. dedication to the white god/jesus/massa] as they "pimp" the people for personal profit and status.  Same thang if you ask me. 

 

I highly recommend this movie to everyone with an open mind. It is nice to see AMERICAN history in film, esp Black stories beyond yet another 'Blacks take their beatings with dignity' film.

I am so glad you saw this movie my brotha.  Stories like these will be the catalyst for you to teach your children the TRUTH about their amazing African legacy-which will eliminate any myths and lies told to them.  Making them a stronger generation equipped with the true facts about their heritage.  Black knowledge is how you raised black children.  Absolutely.  So.  Bravo to you for being that leader in your family.  Just by being well-informed parents about your culture in its entirety, I truly believe you and your wife will guide your children to an expansion of success beyond your expectations.  But!

sunnubian posted:

I'll catch it on video or Neflix.  

Actually, Netflix or Amazon is one avenue for Historically Accurate Black History Films.  

In this age of technology, the internet and streaming, I really don't see why Black/African America/African artists, actors, movie writers, directors, etc., keep trying to go through the same old avenues that have NEVER been truly receptive of any great work by Black people and especially any TRUE history of the Black race.  

I like NetFlix and what they have to offer.  One can also use RedBox for straight to DVD releases.  Social media and word of mouth can replace the regular ads and billboards of days of old.  I hope more Black stories get out without the fictional White super heroes added to make the story acceptable to white people.

  I believe that.  Absolutely.  See?  Massa don't want the TRUTH out there.  As why he will continue to sabotage it EVERY chance he gets.  And is why I say to all black folks EDUCATE yourself about WORLD history.  Cuz if you leave it to massa to tell it?  He will LIE LIE LIE!  But!

Kocolicious posted:

  I believe that.  Absolutely.  See?  Massa don't want the TRUTH out there.  As why he will continue to sabotage it EVERY chance he gets.  And is why I say to all black folks EDUCATE yourself about WORLD history.  Cuz if you leave it to massa to tell it?  He will LIE LIE LIE!  But!

I like what Sunnubian said about other media vehicles.  NetFlix has alot of positive documentaries about Black history and progressive minded thinkers.  We might need to walk away from the cinema game, esp. with BS like that brother found at the movie ticket window. We have to get our messages out, even if massa would get mad.

 

DennisKalita posted:

Sabotage?  I believe that  The rape stories didn't help. When I saw the film, there were 5 -6 other people there, all white.  I don’t know but are we supporting the film in the theaters?

 

my wife and i went and there was only 10 other people there.  We went during the 2nd week (Tuesday).  I think it sold out the Saturday prior.  Maybe people are waiting for the DVD or the NetFlix release

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