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.