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WATCH: Keke Palmer And Common Shift The Concept of Freedom In New Movie, 'Alice'
In a landscape where Black viewers are swearing off depictions of slavery and Black pain in their media, Keke Palmer and Common made the bold choice to turn the slave narrative on its head.
Their new film Alice, which already made waves at Sundance in January, tells the story of a woman who breaks out of bondage and discovers freedom in the most unexpected way possible,
“I think it’s important that we actually look at history and I think it’s important, especially for Black people, that they feel safe, that they can explore history in a way that’s not going to make them feel bogged down and victimized,” Palmer said of her new film.
Common portrays her rescuer Frank, who acclimates Alice to the modern world, where she quickly comprehends the lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of Black liberation.
“I think that the way that Black American history as it pertains to slavery is even told, I think that’s a part of making us not want to talk about it,” Palmer observed.
But the film, written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden, takes the familiar territory of escaping slavery and modernizes it to examine what that truly means once the physical chains have been broken.
“It’s not a movie about slavery in the 1800s,” Common said of the film. “It’s really a movie about being trapped and enslaved in any generation and how to get free from that in any time period, because there are people that are enslaved right now. There were people that were enslaved in the ’70s – and not physically.”