Will Smith’s thriller ‘Emancipation’ gets the first screening at DC Apple, Hosted at NAACP Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Convention; Antoine Fuqua’s first reactions roll on film
Apple made its debut today, the Antoine Fuqua-directed thriller that stars Will Smith as a slave man who, after recovering from a whip that nearly killed him, returns to Louisiana to escape cold-blooded. Equipped the swamps only with his intelligence. Slave hunter and be free.
Will Smith’s thriller ‘Emancipation’ gets the first screening at DC Apple
Will Smith’s and Fuqua both made their first public comments about the film in a follow-up discussion after an afternoon private screening held during the 51st Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the DC Apple. But it’s the surest sign that the movie is on its way to awards season, a very hard way due to Smith slapping Chris Rock at the last Oscars.
The film has held a high profile ever since Apple won the rights to make it at a record-breaking auction. Written by William Ann Collage Emancipation was inspired by 1863 photographs of Peter, a formerly enslaved man with his family. had joined the Union Army hoping to find The photographs were viewed around the world and protests against slavery were described as barbaric.
The images were a symbolic precursor to photographs of Emmett Till’s battered body, Rodney King’s video, and later George Floyd videos. Until the Oscar slap that landed Smith a 10-year ban from the Academy, Salvation was considered a major awards season contender
Apple Original Films and the NAACP hosted screenings for a group of community members representing the community, including the Congressional Black Caucus Historically Black Caucus, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, The Divine 9 (Historically Black Fraternities). and sororities), the National Council of Negro Women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Power Rising, Win With BlackWomen and other social impact leaders.
We didn’t know about the post-screening conversation with Fuqua, Smith, and Mary Elliot, curators of American slavery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Moderated by politics and culture commentator Angela Rye, it marked the first public comments made by the director and star about the film.
The inevitable tweets are trending, focusing on the discourse of a historically important issue. Here is a sample. Will the public and the awards crowd watch the distraction for the essence of an important film? We will know soon.