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Academy Pres. Wants You to See Nate Parker’s Film

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first Black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the people who hand out Oscars), wants audiences to see Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation

As the Academy president, Issacs has been instrumental in increasing the the organization’s diversity. While traveling, she was asked about her thoughts on the controversy surrounding the film by TMZ. The former film executive said people need to judge the project not on Parker’s personal life, but on Birth of a Nation’s own merits.

“With the issue of the movie, the important thing is for people to see it, and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film,” Isaacs said when approached at the airport by the gossip site. “I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie.”

According to Issacs, Parker’s 1999 rape allegation, which has put a damper on the positive hype surrounding the film, is “one issue…his personal issue.” While many have said they won’t support Parker no matter how much they want to see Nat Turner’s life on the big screen, Issacs thinks the movie is too important to miss.

“I know just by the conversation that has gone on since Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see,” Isaacs explained. “My belief is that people need to see the movie and judge the movie.”

Do you plan on seeing Birth of a Nation when it hits theaters in October?