When the film about Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was held up, unfairly or not, as everyone's great hope to save us from another year of #OscarsSoWhite.
Some handful of months later, it became representative of something else when the focus shifted to the then little-known fact that its creator and star, Nate Parker, had a past that involved not only a rape allegation, but the eventual suicide of the accuser.
Under the cloak of night, he and his fellow slaves went house to house slaughtering every man, woman and child who had a white complexion.
The incident was an early catalyst to the Civil War.
Out of necessity, "The Birth of a Nation" takes a lot of liberties with truths and unknowns about Nat Turner, fleshing out the skeleton of what the history books tell us.