|Release||December 9, 2022 (Limited & Streaming)|
|Cast||Will Smith, Ben Foster, Grant Harvey, David Denman, Steven Ogg, Paul Ben-Victor, Imani Pullum|
|Writer||William N. Collage|
"Emancipation" tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom.
The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of "Whipped Peter," taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper's Weekly. One image, known as "The Scourged Back," which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.