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.


CARLITO’S WAY
1993, Universal, 144 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

Puerto Rican gangster Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) gets out of jail determined to go straight, but his old associates - and an unscrupulous attorney played by a devilishly hilarious Sean Penn - have other ideas. De Palma and Pacino’s reunion following SCARFACE is another American epic, but one more tragic than comic - unlike Tony Montana, Carlito Brigante truly does have a soul to lose - as well as a woman he loves (Penelope Ann Miller) and a disco that De Palma turns into the most visually evocative nightclub this side of GILDA.


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