Emancipation

Release December 9, 2022 (Limited & Streaming)
Cast Will Smith, Ben Foster, Grant Harvey, David Denman, Steven Ogg, Paul Ben-Victor, Imani Pullum
Director Antoine Fuqua
Writer William N. Collage
Genres Action, Thriller
Studio Apple TV+
Length 132 mins.

Synopsis

"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.


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