Open Dialogue with “Emancipation” actor Charmaine Bingwa.

In this edition of Meet Me at the Movies: Open Dialogue, Thomas Manning talks with actress Charmaine Bingwa about her performance as Dodienne in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film Emancipation, starring Will Smith. Bingwa speaks about the powerful emotional journey of telling this story based on real life people, and discusses its poignant themes of family, love, and freedom.


L-R: Imani Pullum, Will Smith, Jeremiah Friedlander, Landon Chase Dubois, Charmaine Bingwa and Jordyn McIntosh in EMANCIPATION, now streaming on Apple TV+.

Emancipation has been nominated for five NAACP Image Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Ensemble

You can submit your vote here:

Footage is courtesy of Apple TV+ for interview and promotional purposes.

Official Synopsis:

Emancipation tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.

In select theaters December 2nd, 2022.
Available on Apple TV+ December 9th, 2022.


Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.

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