OSCARS President Pushes ‘BIRTH OF A NATION’ Despite Rape Outcry
“I know just by the conversation that has gone on at Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs says of the Nate Parker film.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs thinks that no matter the history of filmmaker Nate Parker, “people need to see” The Birth of a Nation.
Speaking to TMZ on Thursday, she said she hasn’t yet seen the film from writer, director and star Parker, but added, “I know just by the conversation that has gone on at Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see.”
In 1999, Parker and co-writer Jean Celestin were accused of rape by a female classmate. Parker was acquitted at trial while Celestin was found guilty, but his conviction was later overturned on appeal. The trial transcripts have been shared in the media in recent weeks as the Oct. 7 release of The Birth of a Nation nears, and Parker recently spoke out about the case. It also was revealed that the accuser killed herself in 2012. – READ MORE