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Nate Parker responds to negative reviews of his new film, ‘American Skin’: “I don’t care what they say about me”


iStock/VectorStoryFollowing a premiere last week at the Venice Film Festival, Nate Parker screened his new movie, American Skin, Monday at the Deauville Film Festival in France, and he says he’s not discouraged by the negative reviews.

“I don’t care what they say about me, what they think about me, I don’t care,” he said at a press conference in Deauville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Parker is making a comeback following his 2016 directorial debut The Birth of a Nation.  The release of the film reignited the controversy around his 1999 rape case, though he had been acquitted.

Parker wrote, directed and appears in American Skin, which co-stars Omari Hardwick from Power. The film centers on an Iraq War vet whose son is killed by police officers, who are then found not guilty.

Parker says one of his goals is to make films than can lead to a better world for his children.

“I have five daughters and if I’m really blessed, they will marry five great men, they’ll have children, inevitably they’ll have boys and they will look like me,” he says.

“If they are no more safe in their time than I am in this time,” Parker continues, “I have failed as a human being, I have failed as a father, and I’ve failed as an artist.”

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