Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Motion Picture Academy, says that Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ is too important of a film to pass up — even with Nate’s rape trial history.
Boone Isaacs was asked about the American Film Institute’s decision tocancel its Birth of a Nation screening, to which she responded: “That’s one issue, that’s his personal issue. And then there’s the issue of the movie.” She continued by emphasizing how “important” it is for people to watch Birth of a Nation. “The important thing is for people to see it and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film,” Boone Isaacs said. “And I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie.” Despite not having watched the film herself, she said she knew its importance because of the conversation that stemmed from Sundance where the film won the Grand Jury Prize and became the highest selling Sundance film at $17.5 million. “People need to see the movie and judge the movie,” she continued.
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