Why to Watch - 12 Years a Slave

A heartbreaking true story that needs to be heard. Everything about this movie is perfect and feels so real that some scenes will absolutely leave you shaken.



12 Years a Slave Biography, Drama, History | 134min | November 8, 2013 (United States) 8.1
Director: Steve McQueenWriter: John Ridley, Solomon NorthupStars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael FassbenderSummary: Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. 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 personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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. —Fox Searchlight


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