The Antoine Fuqua-directed Will Smith drama Emancipation, based on the true story of a slave who fled a Louisiana plantation and joined the Union Army, has changed course and will no longer film in Georgia in response to the controversial election law recently signed into law. Critics have slammed the law as restrictive and targeted towards democratic voters, mostly voters of color. In a press release, both Fuqua and Smith stated:
“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice. We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”‘
The production will now take place in Louisiana. Emancipation will be released by Apple.
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