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The Birth of a Nation Review - Escapist

Escapist: The Birth of a Nation was destined - and perhaps designed - for controversy right from the start. And no, I'm not even talking about the resurfacing of a rape case against star/director/writer/producer Nate Parker. As soon as you see that a film is using the title of a pro-KKK piece from 1915, you're tempting people to talk about your film. Making that film a hero piece about Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in the mid-1800s, furthers that. Add in the "Oscars So White" movement - during which time the film was premiering at Sundance, and you've got a film that feels almost designed to poke as many proverbial Controversy Bears as possible.

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