Saturday, October 29, 2016

Movie Review: In Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ Must-See and Won’t-See Collide

By A.O. Scott
Sundance Hit 'The Birth of a Nation' Gets "Living" Poster
Can going to a movie be a moral obligation? A political gesture? “The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker’s debut feature as a director, presents an unusually vexing and complicated case. In the months between its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January and its release this Friday, the movie — which dramatizes the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831 — has found itself on both sides of the argument, simultaneously the must-see and the won’t-see movie of the year. But then, in August, details emerged about a sexual assault case involving Mr. Parker when he was a student at Penn State in 1999. [link]
Birth of a Nation’s Powerful New Poster