Written by Shanelle Genai
Published on 12th April 2021
“We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access.” – Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua
The film, Emancipation, which was set to be filmed in Georgia this summer will now be filmed in Louisiana. The film, Emancipation, tells the true story of a runaway slave Peter, who joined the Union Army and became a symbol of the Abolitionist movement. Emancipation will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and will be starring Will Smith.
The decision to change the location of where the film will be shot is in response to the implementation of a law that will restrict voter’s access to vote that was signed by Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp earlier this year. This law will disproportionately negatively affect ethnic minority communities. Smith and Fuqua have been in discussions with film executives, filmmakers and Georgian politicians for several weeks regarding this move but eventually decided to move the filming location to Louisiana, where the real events of the film took place.