Apple held the first screening of the upcoming Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua film, Emancipationon Saturday in Washington DC.
At the 2022 Oscars, Smith walked on stage during the ceremony and surprised the world when he slapped host Chris Rock, who made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Since then, Smith has resigned from the Academy, several of his projects have been suspended, and he has apologized to Rock, Rock’s family, Oscar winners and more. .
Apple and NAACP hosted Emancipation screened during the 51st Annual Legislative Assembly of the Black Caucus. What followed was Smith and Fuqua’s first public discussion of the film.
“Throughout my career, I have turned down many films set in slavery,” Smith said at the screening. “I never wanted to show us that. And then this picture appeared. And this is not a movie about slavery. This is a movie about freedom. This is a movie about resilience. This is a movie about faith.”
He continued, “This is a film about a man’s heart – what can be called the first viral image. The camera was just created and the image of Peter being beaten went around the world. It was a rallying call against slavery, and it was a story that exploded and blossomed in my heart that I wanted to be able to convey to you in a way only Antoine Fuqua could. Okay “.
Based on a true story, Emancipation Follows Peter (Smith), who flees his plantation in search of his family, outsmarts cold-blooded hunters, and survives Louisiana swamps along the way. Peter eventually joined the Union army. During a medical examination, his bare back, on which there were scars from a near-fatal whip to his former plantation supervisor, was photographed. The Independent published the photograph, which is undoubtedly a testament to the cruelty and barbarity of slavery in America.