The story of Nat Turner’s slave revolt is finally hitting the big screen.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ opens nationwide October 7, a film that has been seven years in the making.
The highly-anticipated release has been met with much discussion surrounding director Nate Parker’s past rape allegation and acquittal. It’s a topic Parker has addressed in several prime-time interviews.
‘Birth of a Nation’ stars like Gabrielle Union, a rape-survivor, have stood by the film and encouraged people to see it.
“I took the film to talk about sexual violence as it’s been used historically as a weapon of mass destruction that destroys the psyche and soul of our community,” Union told VIBE magazine. “It just seems ass backwards to distance myself from a film that creates and gives me the platform to talk about sexual violence.”
Check out an exclusive clip from the movie featuring Union and her on-screen husband Colman Domingo.