12 Years a Slave

Black History, Black Voices

Director: 
Steve McQueen
Year: 
2013
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
134 mins
Cast: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.  In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.