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This image released by Fox Searchlight Films shows Nate Parker as Nat Turner, center, in a scene from "The Birth of a Nation."  Slavery stories were scarce prior to 2012, but their proliferation has led some to question whether viewers are becoming weary of the genre, or if Hollywood is only finally addressing the oppressive and brutal institution that lasted four centuries and remains part of the country’s legacy today. (Jahi Chikwendiu/Fox Searchlight via AP)
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Movies in a Minute: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

“The Birth of a Nation” is the true story of Nat Turner, a man who was born into slavery who taught himself to read using the Bible and later became a preacher.

This is a difficult movie to watch. Not because the plot gets bogged down — which it does from time to time — but because the director, Nate Parker, does not shy away in the slightest from showing how brutally slaves were treated or the violence that happened during a slave rebellion led by Turner.

Like I said, this movie is hard to watch but I think it’s an important story to tell.

If you can handle some tough scenes and gore, this is a movie worth seeing.

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