During the Civil War, a heart-wrenching photograph of a man’s scarred back—the result of a brutal flogging—was published in Harper’s Weekly He helped expose the horror of slavery in America. This guy in the photo was named Peter, and the photo was taken after he incredibly escaped from slavery and joined the Union Army during the war. ReleaseA new Apple TV movie starring Will Smith tells his story. Antoine Fuqua directed the new movieAnd the and the First trailer dropped today. The clip offers a sneak peek into Peter’s harrowing, but ultimately triumphant, journey to freedom.
The trailer begins with Peter being separated from his family. He arrives at a new farm in chains, and the overseer is telling him in harsh words, “You walk on the ground because I let you,” he snarls. “I am your god now.”
But Peter is determined to be free and reunite with his wife and children. Despite the cruelty of his captors and the appalling living conditions he’s forced to live in, he never loses sight of his dignity and humanity – or his purpose.
He says: “Slaves are free.”
He devises a plan: escape from the ranch and cross miles of treacherous, alligator-infested swamp to get to Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, where he will meet the Union Army. He dares to escape, but in addition to the natural dangers of the journey, he and his compatriots are also pursued by slave catchers, making their journey even more dangerous.
But thanks to Peter’s bravery and determination, he reached his destination, joining the Union Army. The trailer concludes with a testament to his strength and spirit.
“They beat me. They whip me. They break bones in my body more times than I can count,” he says. “But they never broke me.”
Release It will debut in theaters on December 2, and will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on December 9.
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