Official Trailer for Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' Debuts

The Sundance hit is set for an Oct. 7 release.

"You got purpose," says a voiceover at the top of the new trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation.

The first half of the new spot shows the harsh realities of the lives of slaves in the Antebellum South, as seen through the eyes of preacher turned slave revolt leader Nat Turner, played by the multihyphenate Parker.

The latter half, set to Andra Day's "Rise Up," sees Turner inspiring his revolt, ending in him leading a charge of slaves against a white militia.

Since its Sundance premiere (and subsequent record-breaking $17.5 million sale to Fox Searchlight) Parker's directorial debut has steadily become one of the most anticipated films of the year.  

The Birth of a Nation is set for release on Oct. 7.