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Independent Lens Episode: "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property"

Season 5, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: “Nat Turner: Troublesome Property” recalls the 1831 Virginia slave revolt that has become mythical in the years since Turner was hanged. It also looks at how he has been appropriated by both blacks and whites. Filmmaker Charles Burnett does this through comments by experts (some dueling) and handsome re-creations in which different actors play Turner. Confusing? Not at all, because it drives home Burnett's central point, which novelist William Styron puts thusly: “He fits no mold and every mold all at once.”
Original Air Date: Feb 10, 2004
Guest Cast Tommy Hicks: Nat Turner Moses Gibson: Allen Crawford Tony Miratti: Gov. John Floyd Patrick Waller: Nat Turner Harry Kollatz: Benjamin Phipps Michael Kennedy: James Therevant Reshara Coleman: Lucinda Tom Nowicki: Thomas R. Gray Carl Lumbly: Nat Turner Michael Lemelle: Nat Turner Justin Dray: Thomas Moore Laurel Lyle: Harriet Beecher Stowe Billy Dye: Nat Turner Mark Joy: Judge Jermiah Cobb Megan Gallagher: Margaret Whitehead James Opher: Nat Turner Alfre Woodard

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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