Director’s Dialogue to address controversy surrounding THE BIRTH OF A NATION


By Jack Barnes

On Tuesday, September 19 from 4-6 PM, this fall’s Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change will explore the intense and contentious debate surrounding the upcoming release of The Birth of a Nation, a cinematic account of Nat Turner’s 1831 rebellion directed, written by, and starring Nate Parker. A sold-out member preview screening of the film takes place at the Wex September 20; the film releases nationally October 7. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.

The Wexner Center has invited a handful of esteemed colleagues from across The Ohio State University to participate in a panel discussion addressing the multiple issues raised by extensive media coverage about The Birth of a Nation—including (but not limited to) the sexual assault charges filed in 1999 against Parker and his former college roommate (Jean McGianni Celestin, who shares a story credit on the film). This dialogue will also explore today’s culturally charged climate surrounding gender, race, and sexual consent, as well as the impact an artist’s personal life can have on the reception of his or her work.

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