At the Venice Film International Film Festival, the "Birth of a Nation" director apologized for how he responded to a rape allegation from his college days.
The director and actor's handling of the 1999 rape allegation torpedoed the release of his 2016 film "The Birth of a Nation."
Madea vs. Nat Turner.
"Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film."
She calls "The Birth of a Nation" a "cruel insult to [her] sister's memory."
Nate Parker's much heralded film, The Birth of a Nation, which reimagines the life of preacher, Nat Turner, and the slave rebellion he famously led in Virginia in 1831, should be Hollywood's celebrated darling in advance of its official October release. The film, which Parker wrote, directed, produced and starred in, wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. But the resurrection of a 1999 rape case is threatening to derail a film of enormous import.
“This is a forum for the film," the director said at the Toronto Film Festival.
As a fellow survivor, I respect the courage that it takes for any survivor to speak out against sexual assault. And while I agree with Union's stance that there needs to be more discussion on what exactly constitutes "affirmative consent", I find myself troubled by her opinion piece.