Suffolk University to screen Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

2/3/2004

BOSTON, MA - Independent filmmaker Charles Burnett, Academy Award nominated producer Frank Christopher and Nat Turner Historian and Suffolk University Distinguished Professor of History and Associate Dean Kenneth Greenberg spoke at a screening of the documentary, “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” on Sunday, February 8, in the C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University in Boston (55 Temple Street).

Nat Turner's slave rebellion is a watershed event in America's long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict.  A groundbreaking exploration of race, violence and memory in American life, "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," tells the tale of that violent confrontation and the ways that story has been continuously re-told since 1831. It is a film about a critical moment in American history and of the multiple ways that moment has since been remembered. Nat Turner was a "troublesome property" for his master and he has remained a "troublesome property" for the historians, novelists, dramatists, artists and many others who have struggled to understand him.

The filmmakers have interviewed a broad range of contemporary black and white descendants, historians, writers, and artists.  The film weaves selections from these interviews into a rich narrative reflecting the multifaceted legacy of Nat Turner in America today. The film also presents Nat Turner as an important figure in American historical memory through selected dramatic recreations based on images and words found in folklore, poetry, novels and plays from 1831 to the present.

“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property” aired on WGBX (Channel 44) on Tuesday, February 10, at 10 pm as part of PBS' Independent Lens series.

If you are interested in interviewing any of the three filmmakers, please contact Abbe Harris at 908-233-7990 (abbepub@aol.com).

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