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"The Birth of a Nation," a drama about a 19th-century slave revolt in Virginia, swept top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday. The movie, acquired earlier this week by Fox Searchlight for a record-shattering $17.5 million, won the grand jury prize and the audience award at the prestigious festival held in Park City, Utah.In the foreign documentary competition, both the audience and grand jury prizes went to "Sonita," by Iranian writer-director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.Founded by actor Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival is considered a showcase for independent and documentary films and festival winners often go on to receive critical acclaim and Hollywood awards season glory.
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