"Nat Turner: Troublesome Property"


The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University and the Boston Athenaeum present a film screening of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property and a discussion with the creators of the film, Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, and Kenneth S. Greenberg.

The forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Suffolk University's C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston.

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, and the film analyzes Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion and its aftermath in American memory.

The film explores many interpretations of the event, including William Styron’s controversial 1967 Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the deep racial divisions that it exposed.

It also explores the distinction between a freedom fighter and a terrorist.

About the presenters

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, is the author of Honor and Slavery and 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.


The program is free, but reservations are needed. Please reserve your seat by calling the Boston Athenaeum at 617-720-7600.

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