By Tatyana Walker, a Fall 2013 Intern
The movie “12 Years a Slave,” written by Robert Shirley and directed by Steve McQueen, tells the true story of Solomon Northup based on his 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave. The film depicts Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, as a free black man from Saratoga Springs, New York who in 1841 was lured, drugged and kidnapped in Washington, D.C., then sold into slavery. Northup, a violinist, a husband and father, was forced to work on a plantation in Louisiana where he faced immense brutality until encountering an abolitionist, played by the film’s co-producer Brat Pitt.
Critics suggest that this is one of the most powerful films ever made on the moral travesty of American slavery. Check out the trailer and go see the movie in theaters after its release on Friday, October 18, 2013.