Nate Parker returns with a new movie about the question of justice when the issue is police brutality. American Skin was inspired by the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mississippi who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson. Parker traveled to Ferguson and saw the protests of groups who were furious with the police and those that supported their unchallenged authority. The tension between the two made Parker realize a disconnect in understanding the role of citizenship, law enforcement and the responsibility to preserve life in American society.
His character is an Iraqui war veteran who witnesses his son and only child get killed by the police and goes on a vigilante type mission for justice. Parker, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Milauna Jackson and Omari Hardwick are members of the cast. American Skin follows Parker’s 2016 directorial debut The Birth Of A Nation where he played the late slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.
American Skin will be available on January 15th as a VOD feature.