Four Reasons Why ‘12 Years A Slave’ Will Blow You Away

It seems as though slave and post-slavery narratives are the new wave in Hollywood. With films like The Help, The Butler and Django Unchained, more and more flicks about racism and the life of Black Americans are making their way to the big screen. Much like the aforementioned, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave tackles America’s ugliest offense. Based on a true story and autobiography, it follows the experience of Solomon Northup (played by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free-born African American in New York, who was drugged and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Ripped away from his wife and ...

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