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Ep158: A NATION Divided

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast looks at Nate Parker's controversial new film, The Birth of a Nation. Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews returns to the show to discuss the would-be Awards Season darling; its relevance in the American race-relations landscape; and whether Parker and co-writer Jean Celestin's involvement with a 1999 Penn State rape has fairly or unfairly overshadowed the film's release.

Also, Ian speaks a bit about truth, perception, and guilt in the current political and artistic climate, and points listeners to a variety of media sources covering similar issues:

  • Anderson Cooper's 10/2 60 Minutes profile of and interview with Nate Parker
  • Erik Childress' Movie Madness Podcast #24, featuring a very different kind of Birth of a Nation discussion
  • Eman's review of the film and a separate piece on how different audiences reacted at the two screenings he attended
  • The Kicking the Seat written review

Episode 158 is by no means meant to be the definitive podcast about The Birth of a Nation. Rather, it is a component of a wide and varied conversational tapestry, born out of two very real and very relevant tragedies.

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