so looking back through that lens … it’s not the lens I had when I was 19 years old.” Parker, who stars in, directed, co-wrote and co-produced “The Birth of a Nation,” instead argued that his film, about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, deserves more attention than himself and the rape accusation, made when he was a student at Penn State. official websiteParker was acquitted in the case. “I think that Nat Turner, as a hero, what he did in history, is bigger than me,” said Parker. interview skills day“I think it’s bigger than all of us.” “The Birth of a Nation” first debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival where it was hailed as an antidote to the then-raging “OscarsSoWhite” backlash. Parker’s film immediately sparked widespread Oscar expectations and a bidding war among distributors. Fox Searchlight, an Academy Awards regular, landed it for a festival record $17.5 million, with the assurance of a nation-wide release. It’s to open in theaters next Friday. But the newfound attention on Parker put a spotlight on a rape case from when he was a sophomore and wrestler at Penn State University.
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