What are the distinctions between a freedom fighter and a terrorist? The debate over the meaning of Nat Turner's slave rebellion has been at the heart of race relations in the United States for the past 178 years.
Charles Burnett, MacArthur Award-winning American filmmaker, Frank Christopher, award-winning producer, director, writer and editor, and Kenneth S. Greenberg, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University and Distinguished Professor of History, screen their film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property and explore the significance of Nat Turner today.
Charles Burnett is a MacArthur Award-winning American filmmaker. His most original work concentrates on the lives of the African-American middle-class, who were seldom treated in films.
He made his first feature, Killer of Sheep (1977), while a graduate student at UCLA.
Award-winning producer, director, writer, and editor, Frank Christopher has worked on such films as The Battle of Midway (1999), Fei Hu: The Story of Flying Tigers (1999), and Great White Down Under (2000).
He is a long-time friend and associate of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Kenneth S. Greenberg, and has partnered with him to create Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003) and the PBS series, Remaking American Medicine (2006).
Christopher is the recipient of several awards including, the Blue Ribbon winner at the American Film Festival (1984), the Grand Coral winner at the Festival of Latin American Cinema (1984), and the the Gold Award winner at the Houston International Film Festival (1988); in addition, he has been nominated for both an Academy Award (Best Feature Length Documentary, 1984) and an Emmy Award (Outstanding News Documentary Program Achievement, 1987).
Kenneth S. Greenberg, nationally acclaimed history filmmaker and author, is the Dean of Suffolk University's College of Arts and Sciences.
Greenberg joined the History Department at Suffolk University in 1978 and has chaired the History and Philosophy departments since 1989. He became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and was named Distinguished Professor of History in July 2003.