THE BIRTH OF A NATION

 

Release Date: October 7

Cast: Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley

Director: Nate Parker

What You Need to Know: Easily the most controversial film of the year. Appropriating the title of D.W. Griffith’s notoriously racist (but still highly influential) movie, this retelling of Nat Turner’s slave uprising was a sensation at Sundance but has since been overshadowed by discussion of its star/director Parker being accused of rape in college: while he was acquitted, his accuser later committed suicide.

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