The history in the United States has a checkered past with the enslavement of black people that still has effects on society hundreds of years later with systemic racism. The conflict of those days have always been an intriguing story for the big and small screens. In the 1970’s, television records were smashed when Alex Haley’s “Roots” aired for eight consecutive nights in prime time in a mini-series.

Now in 2022, Keke Palmer goes back to the 1970’s with Alice.  The movie will be seen by audiences starting March 18th when it will be available in theaters. The movie may seem outlandish on the surface, but it does have basis in reality.  Viewers will see the story of a Black woman enslaved on a plantation in Georgia. However, when she escapes to freedom, she learns that it is the 1970s and Black people are free. It follows the real life story that took place back in the 1960s.  There were several enslaved Black people who had no idea that slavery had been declared illegal 100 years prior.

 

“I felt like it spoke to history in the Black slave narrative in a way that was not so victimizing,” the actress told PEOPLE. “There’s only one angle that we usually get the slave narrative from, and it’s usually from an oppressor standpoint. It does not empower the youth and it does not come with a sense of pride that I feel like I’ve always felt growing up when my parents talk to me about our history.”

“It’s not trauma porn,” she added. “It’s like, ‘This happened. Let’s show you how our people found hope.’ If a character like Alice was able to keep going and she actually endured slavery, then what do you think that you could do? That, to me, is very powerful and important for my generation to see because we are at that breaking point in our own way.”