'Birth Of A Nation' Shown At Black Film Festival

Posted at 11:13 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 00:14:36-04

The International Black Film Festival celebrated 10 years in Nashville as it kicked of day two.

The highlight of the day was the screening of a controversial new film, The Birth of A Nation.

It was shown at Belmont University Thursday night to a sold-out crowd.

The film is about Nat Turner -- an enslaved preacher who led a rebellion in Virginia in 1831.

Some audience members said it was a powerful movie, while the festival's founder said she was glad locals could watch the film and talk about it afterward. 

"As a part of the festival, we try to bring those films that captures what happened in the past still relevant either until today this has some relevance to it especially because of what's going on," said founder Hazel Joyner-Smith. 

Several other festival films and workshops were set to be held throughout the city until Sunday.