1864: As war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. The Retrieval follows Will (Ashton Sanders), a fatherless 13-year-old boy who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South. On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate (Tishuan Scott), a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves alone and on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision: to betray the father figure hes finally found, or risk being killed by his gang. Thrilling, but grounded in historical research, The Retrieval serves as an insight into the grey period between slavery and freedom and the horrific moral dilemma that comes with being forced to betray your fellow man. This provocative, deeply involving second feature by writer/director Chris Eska (August Evening) created a buzz at the SXSW Festival, where Scott won the Best Acting award. Official Web Site

Director:

Chris Eska

Cast:

Tishuan Scott, Ashton Sanders, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman, Raven Ledeatte

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 34mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

USA