Emancipation | Apple TV+

Apple's original scripted film tells the triumphant story of Peter, an enslaved black man who escapes from slavery and is forced to rely on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family as he attempts to evade capture in the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana.

Emancipation | Apple TV+
Emancipation | Apple TV+
Emancipation | Official Trailer | Apple TV+
Emancipation | Official Teaser | Apple TV+

“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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Release date

December 9, 2022

Studio

Apple Studios

Cast

Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Mustafa Shakir, Steven Ogg, Grant Harvey, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Jayson Warner Smith, Jabbar Lewis, Michael Luwoye, Aaron Moten, Imani Pullum

Director

Antoine Fuqua

Production Companies

Westbrook Studios, McFarland Entertainment, Escape Artists

Writers

William N. Collage

Producers

Will Smith, Jon Mone, Joey McFarland, Todd Black

Executive Producers

Chris Brigham, Antoine Fuqua, James Lassiter, Heather Washington, Cliff Roberts, Glen Basner, Scott Greenberg

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