Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Controversial Filmmaker Nate Parker Receives Applause at Vancouver Film Festival

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Controversial Filmmaker Nate Parker Receives Applause at Vancouver Film Festival

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Vancouver audience applauds filmmaker Nate Parker

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VANCOUVER - Despite recent controversy, actor, screen writer and director Nate Parker was greeted with applause when he introduced his latest film "The Birth of a Nation" at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Parker has been criticized for comments he made during an interview with "60 Minutes" journalist Anderson Cooper that is scheduled to air Sunday.

Parker told Cooper he didn't feel guilty about a night in 1999 that resulted in him being accused of rape, a case for which he was charged but not convicted by the courts.

His comments on the CBS program generated backlash from the public, with many people online saying they would boycott his new film.

Yet, Saturday evening's screening in Vancouver was sold out and Parker drew laughs and applause from the audience while thanking his supporters and production team for turning his idea for the film into a reality. …

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