The American Film Institute has postponed a screening of the film 'The Birth of Nation' over resurfaced allegations that writer-director-star Nate Parker (pictured in April) raped a woman 17 years ago
 

The American Film Institute has canceled plans to screen writer-director Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' for students this week amid controversies surrounding a 17-year-old rape accusation against Parker and his co-writer, Jean Celestin.

The Birth of a Nation is loosely based on the story of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. Parker stars as Turner in the film. Parker stars as Turner in the film, which is expected to be a Oscar favorite this year 

The Birth of a Nation is loosely based on the story of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. Parker stars as Turner in the film. Parker stars as Turner in the film, which is expected to be a Oscar favorite this year

The school planned to show the film and host a Q&A with Parker for its fellows, but late Tuesday, AFI dean Jan Schuette sent a note to students saying they would postpone until later in the year.

It would have marked the first time Parker has appeared in public since the case resurfaced nearly two weeks ago. Parker was acquitted.

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Victoria Harper
By Victoria Harper 08/25/2016 12:16:00
 

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