The North Star was a bastion of hope for many in pre-emancipation America. Using its intense luminous nature as a guide to escape the cruel and savage nature of Southern plantations, black slaves on the Underground Railroad used the ever-burning star as a means of finding freedom in the North.
In Thomas K. Phillips’ directorial debut, African-American slaves Big Ben and Moses live a life of fear, inhumanity and intense barbarism as Virginia plantation slaves who yearn to be free. But when Ben discovers that he and Moses are to be sold to a new owner, the duo take their chances to try and escape the vicious hostility that will await them at the hands of their new owner, risking everything to have a chance at living a life of freedom.
“The North Star” boasts an a stacked cast, including famed NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, who plays Big Ben, as well as Keith David (“Requiem for a Dream”), Lynn Whitfield (“How to Get Away with Murder”), John Diehl (“Jurassic Park III”) and Clifton Powell (“Army Wives”) .
Watch as a friendly family of abolitionists help the exhausted and profusely grateful Moses and Big Ben, explaining to the young men that quilts are a form of communication, signaling safety, danger or any other folly they may run into in their overwhelmingly difficult journey to freedom.
Catch the exclusive clip above before checking out the film when it’s released on DVD on March 1.