Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nate Parker to Attend Vancouver Film Festival for 'The Birth of a Nation'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nate Parker to Attend Vancouver Film Festival for 'The Birth of a Nation'

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Nate Parker to attend Vancouver film fest

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VANCOUVER - Controversy-plagued filmmaker Nate Parker is expected to attend the Vancouver International Film Festival this weekend for "The Birth of a Nation."

Organizers say Parker, who co-wrote, directed and starred in the slave-rebellion drama, will speak before a screening of the film at the fest on Saturday evening.

The film has been overshadowed by a 17-year-old rape allegation involving Parker and his co-writer Jean Celestin while they were students at Penn State University.

Parker was acquitted in the case. Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault in the same case, but the conviction was later overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The accuser killed herself in 2012. …

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