12 Years a Slave (2013)

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Rated: PG12

Released: 7 March 2014 (Japan)

Runtime: 134 Min

Taglines: The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup

Genres: Biography | Drama | History

Director: Steve Mcqueen

Writers: John Ridley  (Screenplay), Solomon Northup  (Based On Twelve Years A Slave By)

Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor , Michael Kenneth Williams , Michael Fassbender

Country: USA, UK

Language: English

 

In 1841, African American Solomon Northup, a free man, is kidnapped and forced into slavery under the name ‘Platt’ for 12 years. He faces the hardships of being a slave under the hands of a few different slave owners. Through faith, will power, and courage Northup must survive and endure those 12 years as a slave.

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1841, Black man Solomon Northup lives as a free man in Saratoga, New York with his wife and two children, he earning a living as a violinist. On what he believes will be an out of town music gig, he is instead drugged and sold into slavery in the deep south under the name Platt as that is for who the slave trader has papers. Initially incredulous to his plight, he decides that cooperation is the best way to survive. He sees few others in the same situation as him, but slowly he is separated from those with who he has built support. This process continues over his life as a slave, as he is at the mercy of whoever his master at the time and his master’s associates who work on their own priorities. He finds that cooperation generally gets one nowhere and sometimes can get one into further trouble due to jealousy. At times, he cannot take the emotional abuse, his actions which lead to physical abuse. There are also times where he thinks he can trust someone to get himself out of his plight only to be turned upon instead. But as bad as his situation is, he finds that others are in much more dire straits, they who will do anything to get themselves out of a life they feel is not worth living.

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