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'Birth of a Nation' Releases to Mixed Reviews and Moral Dilemmas

Things we're reading and discussing this week. This week, the much-discussed Nat Turner biopic Birth of a Nation released to mixed reviews, partially on account of the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker’s past in the months before the release, partially on account of the film’s disputed artistic merits. CT interviewed Parker about his Christian faith this summer, then discussed whether rape accusations against Parker should deter moviegoers from watching his film, especially as it includes at least one graphic rape scene.
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