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Nate Parker's controversial The Birth of a Nation comes out Friday, and while many are shunning his directorial debut in light of his personal life, there's no denying how important this film is.

One thing Parker's reiterated all over the media is that this movie is bigger than he is. After screening the film at this year's Toronto Film Festival, I was blown away by the vulnerability, depth and strength of The Birth of a Nation.

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Check out these powerful images from the film.

Rebel!

Rebel!
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Nate Parker in the director's chair

Nate Parker in the director's chair
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Slaves for Sale

Slaves for sale
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When a Young Nat Turner Preaches

A young Nat Turner preaches.
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Nat Turner Was Destined for Greatness

Nat Turner was destined for greatness.
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They Found Love in a Hopeless Place

They found love in a hopeless place.
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Nat Turner Baptizes White Preacher

Nat Turner baptizes a white preacher.
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During the Rebellion

During the rebellion
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No Ordinary Love

No ordinary love
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From the Pulpit to the Cotton Field

From the pulpit to the cotton field
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