CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL 2022 REVIEW! Freedom’s Path is a historic Civil Struggle interval drama movie about two younger males on reverse sides of the racial divide but connecting out of necessity and trauma. It’s a movie ten years within the making and maintains its fashion and prolific digicam work. It’s an attractive movie to see on the large display. Its distinctive and real costumes have been hand-sewn, and its props and use are bona fide the true deal. Any Civil Struggle buff will admire the eye to element director Brett Smith and his devoted crew and solid delivered to the display to make Freedom’s Path a film. Nevertheless, the story doesn’t solely match the wonder and magnificence that Freedom’s Path radiates.
Though Freedom’s Path takes on a captivating and controversial topic and plot, it consists of the desertion of a Union soldier William (Gerran Howell), who’s saved by a courageous younger Black man Kitch (RJ Cyler). Kitch is William’s lifeline to a neighborhood of free slaves working a portion of the Underground Railroad from hidden areas within the woods and a faraway cabin. William and Kitch bond primarily out of necessity to carry William again from the jaws of dying. Hiding out with different free slaves, together with Caddy (Carol Sutton), who’s the caretaker of all these beneath her roof, William is uncovered to the lifetime of Black women and men, from their cultural existence to the outrageous remedy and horrible abuse that they’ve endured for hundreds of years. All of the whereas, a demonic and wretched hater of all Black women and men, who refuses their freedom or acknowledgment that any slaves are free in his nook of the world, his woods, Silas (Ewen Bremmer), is on the hunt for all of them along with his posse.
“…consists of the desertion of a Union soldier William, who’s saved by a courageous younger Black man Kitch…”
Apart from a lynching, whipping, gunfight, and difficult to observe beatings and killings, Freedom’s Path story is a bit questionable, understanding how Black women and men felt for the reason that pandemic. Black Lives Matter has led to information and affirmation of people that stay with a previous that can not be modified. So, can one younger white boy who does ask the query of slavery having one thing good come of it doesn’t fairly sit so nicely? Though I imagine the Freedom’s Path’s actors skilled an incredible deal within the course of of creating the movie, white women and men nonetheless don’t know the way genuinely horrible slavery was, and it’s additionally attention-grabbing that the 2 essential characters, William and Silas, should not Individuals.
But, the dramatization feels actual. The movie is made for the large display, if something, to see some improbable directed combat scenes, military motion, and using artillery that’s bewildering as a result of it was so labor intensive and concerned. Freedom’s Path has all the pieces on the display and hardly loses a beat. To see the Underground Railroad at work does supply a way of time and historical past, however even these parts appear a bit contrived. Nevertheless, historical past’s photographs and written tales are the one foundation for weaving collectively a historic actuality. But, with a giant movie music rating and hyped sound edits, there’s some kind of actuality value understanding or at the least watching.
Freedom’s Path screened on the 2022 Vashon Island Film Festival and the 2022 Cinequest Movie Pageant.