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Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua to Move Film Production from Georgia over Voter Suppression Law

HeadlineApr 13, 2021

Actor Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua are moving production of their upcoming film “Emancipation” out of Georgia in a protest against voter suppression legislation signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp in March. In a joint statement, Smith and Fuqua write, “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.” In “Emancipation,” Will Smith will portray an enslaved man known as “Whipped Peter,” who escaped a Louisiana plantation and joined the Union Army in 1863.

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