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Saturday October 1 Will Smith went along with the director Antoine Fuqa to a special screening of the film “Emancipation”produced by the company Manzana TVwhich has not yet released a commercial release date.
The film directed by Fuqua is based on real events and is about Peter (played by Smith), a man who is searching for his family, fleeing from hunters through the swamps of Louisiana. Shortly after he joins the army but, during a medical examination, someone takes a photo of his back covered in scars from being whipped by a plantation foreman. The image is published in the newspaper The Independentexposing slavery in America.
“Emancipation” will be Will Smith’s first work after the incident he starred in March during the Oscarsslapping the comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Now Will defended this new work, causing interest in the public: “This is a movie about the heart of a man, what could be called the first viral image. The cameras had just been created, and the image of Peter whipped went around the world. Throughout my career I have rejected many films set in slavery. I never wanted to show us like this. And then this image appeared. This is not a film about slavery, but about freedom and faith.”
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