Newswire: Take that, D.W. Griffith—the new Birth Of A Nation just won Sundance

Somewhere, in a carefully segregated cemetery, D.W. Griffith is rolling around in his grave. Nate Parker’s plan to totally stick it to that long-dead racist continues unabated, as the former’s pointedly titled The Birth Of A Nation—about Nat Turner and his slave rebellion, not about the “heroic” exploits of the KKK—just won both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance. It’s the fourth year in a row that a film has managed to score both of those top honors in Park City, with Birth following in the footsteps of Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Like those previous winners, Parker’s directorial debut emerged as the frontrunner upon its first screening, when audiences rose to their feet to applaud the film before it had even started. Nothing says “sure thing …

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