NAT TURNER: A Troublesome Property

60 minutes, 2002

1 hour prior to performance

Penumbra Theatre
270 N. Kent St
St. Paul, MN 55102
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Nat Turner’s slave rebellion is a watershed event in America’s long, troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. This film revisits the violent confrontation and interrogates the ways the story has been re-told since 1831. Turner has remained an enigma for historians, novelists, dramatists, artists and many others who have struggled to understand him. The film represents a powerful collaboration between MacArthur Genius Award director Charles Burnett, acclaimed historian of slavery Kenneth S. Greenberg, and award-winning documentary producer Frank Christopher. Cornel West calls it “required viewing by all who are deeply concerned about the nature of race relations in America.”

Please note that we are currently at capacity for this event and are fielding wait list of patrons interested in attending. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email Anita Baccus Robinson, Audience Services Director, at Please include your name and total number of tickets requested.

If your tickets are at will call, we ask that you arrive no later than 6:45pm on the date of the event to pick them up. Tickets that have not been picked up 10 minutes prior to screening time will be released on a first come, first served basis.

Special Guest:
Dr. John S. Wright, Professor of English, African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota

Join us for private film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talk is free, but reservations are required.


Monday, November 16, 2015 // 7:00PM