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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave showcases not just the brutalities and realities of the America slave trade, but British artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen’s precise, formal prowess. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is nothing short of extraordinary as Solomon Northrup, while every aspect of the film’s craft serves a deeply emotional and unforgettable story.





In pre-Civil War New York, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. As he struggles to survive under the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), a chance meeting with an abolitionist provides much-needed hope.