Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 2, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple Street

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property analyzes Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 and its aftermath in American memory. The film explores the many interpretations of the event, including William Styron’s controversial 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Confessions of Nat Turner and the deep racial divisions that it exposed. What is the distinction between a freedom fighter and a terrorist? The debate over the meaning of Nat Turner has been at the heart of race relations in the United States for the past 178 years.

A Panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, and Kenneth S. Greenberg.

CHARLES BURNETT is a MacArthur Award-winning American filmmaker. Major films include Killer of Sheep, The Glass Shield, To Sleep with Anger, NightJohn, The Wedding, The Annihilation of Fish, and Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation. He is co-writer and director of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.

FRANK CHRISTOPHER is an award-winning producer, director, writer, and editor whose major film credits include Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers, In the Name of the People, and the PBS series Remaking American Medicine. He is currently at work on a film about the explorer Samuel de Champlain. He co-wrote and co-produced Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.

KENNETH S. GREENBERG, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University and distinguished professor of history, has authored Honor and Slavery, as well as Masters and Statesmen. He is the editor of Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory and of Thomas R. Gray’s original The Confessions of Nat Turner. He co-wrote and co-produced Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.

Reservations will be accepted starting February 4 at 617-720-7600.

This film is presented in conjunction with The Ford Hall Forum, a partner of Suffolk University and the nation’s oldest free public lecture series.

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