Peacock has acquired Civil War (Or, Who Do We Think We Are), a documentary from director Rachel Boynton whose EPs embody Brad Pitt and Henry Louis Gates Jr. The movie will bow June 17 on NBCUniversal’s streamer, then premiere on MSNBC in October.
The pic is having a restricted theatrical launch beginning Friday.
Per the logline, Civil War travels throughout the United States to discover how Americans inform the story of their Civil War. Filmed from President Obama’s closing year in office via the current, it interweaves insightful scenes and interviews filmed North and South, portray a uniquely crafted, multi-faceted portrait of the American psyche and the deep roots of its turbulent occasions. With delicacy and power, subtlety and willpower, the lays naked a nation in denial, haunted by an embittered previous and the tales it refuses to inform.
“In this time of reckoning in the country, Rachel Boynton’s journey into the heart of Civil War memory reveals just how contested, and personal, the meaning of this defining event in our history remains,” Gates mentioned in an announcement. “From flags and monuments in the town square to family photos and forlorn cemeteries, we, the living, continue to grapple with how to confront this singular event of national trauma and the horrific slave system at its deepest confounding root.”
Three-time News Emmy nominee Boynton (Big Men) additionally produced Civil War with Erika Dilday. Executive producers are Pitt of Plan B, Gates, Sam Pollard, Steven Shainberg, Rick Rosenthal, Robert S. Kravitz and Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner