The 88th Academy Awards may have snubbed people of color but that did not stop Nate Parker’s film, “Birth of a Nation” from receiving a standing ovation and being raved about by film critics, Monday at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Birth of a Nation” is about Nat Turner, an African American slave who led an unprecedented slave revolt against white slave owners, leading to 60 of their deaths.

Inspired by the story of Turner, Nate Parker (who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the movie) quit his successful acting career to raise $10 million to make his “passion project” come to life. Parker made this movie to inspire “change agents.” At the Q&A session for the film, Parker explained:

I made this film for one reason, with the hope of creating change agents. That people can watch this film and be affected. That you can watch this film and see that there were systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people and the legacy of that still lives with us. I just want you, if you are affected and you are so moved, to ask yourself, ‘Are there systems in my life that need attention whether it be racial, gender?’ There are a lot of injustices.

The highly anticipated film also stars Gabrielle Union from “Being Mary Jane,” Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, and Penelope Ann Miller.

Hopefully next for the movie will be a major distribution deal. Congrats Nate!

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Erikka is a NYC transplant by way of Philadelphia. She's a writer and media personality for The Radio Failed Podcast and has interviewed artists such as Mickey Factz, Dee1, and more!

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