THE BIRTH OF A NATION
2016, Fox Searchlight, 120 min, USA, Dir: Nate Parker

Based on a true story, this powerful drama about a slave rebellion 30 years before the Civil War won the Audience Award and U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Nat Turner (writer-director Parker), a literate slave and preacher, is hired out by his owner (Armie Hammer) to spread a gospel of subservience; the atrocities he witnesses convince Turner to orchestrate an uprising. “THE BIRTH OF A NATION exists to provoke a serious debate about the necessity and limitations of empathy, the morality of retaliatory violence, and the ongoing black struggle for justice and equality in this country. It earns that debate and then some.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


THIRTEEN
2003, Fox Searchlight, 100 min, Dir: Catherine Hardwicke

Straight-A student Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) lives peacefully with her divorced mother Melanie (Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter), until she befriends the cool Evie (Nikki Reed, also co-writer), the most popular and beautiful girl in school. The 13-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as Tracy discovers drugs, sex, self-mutilation and petty crime. “A raw psychodrama about a girl who leapfrogs from pre-adolescent innocence to reckless rebel ... THIRTEEN is a deliberately unvarnished shock piece ... Catherine Hardwicke’s helming debut, which won the jury's directing prize at Sundance, can fairly be compared to the work of Larry Clark, such as KIDS.” – Variety.


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