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Why 'Birth of a Nation' will be successful despite the rape controversy surrounding it

With a record-breaking $17.5 million purchase of Nate Parker’s directorial debut “The Birth of a Nation” at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Fox Searchlight is going full-throttle on the release of the movie, though the controversy surrounding Parker’s involvement in a rape case has taken a bit of the wind from its sails. The biopic of Nat Turner (played by Parker), who in 1831 led a slave rebellion in Southampton Country, Virginia, will be released in 2,100 theaters beginning Friday, an ambitious move by Searchlight to attract both arthouse and multiplex audiences.
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