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Emperor is inspired by the legend of Shields "Emperor" Green (Dayo Okeniyi), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South. Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper's Ferry and helping alter the course of American history. Also starring Kat Graham and Naturi Naughton.
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Fact-based historical drama has courage, violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emperor is a historical drama based on the true story of Shields "Emperor" Green (Dayo Okeniyi), who escaped enslavement and fought in the battle of Harper's Ferry, which jump-started the Civil War. The film highlights the Underground Railroad, the connections between free and enslaved Black people, and the White abolitionists and social activists who helped fight slavery. It also depicts the economic benefits of slavery to the South and the social norms of the region at that time. Expect to hear racial epithets, including the "N" word. Violence includes shoot-outs, a person being branded, a graphic battle scene, and many lives lost. A young boy is badly beaten for knowing how to read. This film is too intense for younger viewers, but it has clear themes of courage, teamwork, and compassion. And it doesn't shy away from honest depictions of how awful life on Southern plantations was for enslaved people, as well as the plight of both Black and White people who fought for freedom and change.
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- Release Date:August 18, 2020
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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