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.


99 HOMES
2014, Broad Green Pictures, 112 min, USA, Dir: Ramin Bahrani

Anchored by outstanding central performances, this timely thriller is set in 2010, when Florida led the nation in foreclosures. One of the victims of that economic freefall is recently evicted single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). Desperate to provide for his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash makes a deal with the devil – predatory real estate magnate Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Carver and his unethical practices had cost Nash his home, but the money to be made by gaming the system at Carver’s behest could prove impossible to resist.


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