Emancipation Release Poster.jpgEmancipation is a historical action film directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Joey McFarland. The film, written by William N. Collage, is loosely based on the real-life story of Gordon (named “Peter” in the film), a former slave, and the photographs of his bare back, heavily scourged from an overseer’s whippings, that were published worldwide in 1863, giving the abolitionist movement proof of the cruelty of slavery. Apple paid $130 million to acquire the rights to the film, outbidding several other studios. While I’m not always willing to endure the pain of watching movies that depict slavery, I wanted to see Emancipation because I wanted to support the star.

In the 1860s, an African-American enslaved man called, Peter (Will Smith) escapes from the Louisiana plantation where he was enslaved in search of freedom.  Peter escaped with several other men who were also slaves but despite the Emancipation, were still…

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