12 Years a Slave
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
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"This is a powerful film that tells an important story, but it's disheartening to see slave narratives dominate black American representation in cinema. While the plot is gripping and well-executed, I can't help but feel burnt out by the repetition of this narrative. Nonetheless, the movie sheds light on a painful chapter in history, and the performances are undeniably compelling. It's a bittersweet reminder that there's so much more to tell about black American experiences beyond the confines of oppression. "
"Very real portrayal of what AA went through and even though it isn't come close to everything that happened to them, it's enough for you to understand how much pain and misery they endured. As much as a lot of you don't want to believe it, a lot of these people are still alive. The people who went through this and the people who did it to them."
"As painful as this film might be, I urge you to revisit it. We are far from finished washing the stench of this sin from our American skin. Others might be hellbent on rewriting the story, but after spending some time with this film, I find myself just as determined to stand in their way. "
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