On the latest episode of Reel Shorts, Director Steve McQueen’s story of Solomon Northup’s compelling odyssey in bondage is magnificently recreated in one of the year’s best film’s, 12 Years A Slave.
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.
Based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, the first scholarly edition of Northup’s memoir, co-edited by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon in 1968 carefully retraced and validated his account, finding it to be remarkably accurate.
12 Years A Slave directed by McQueen and written by John Ridley and stars Ejiofor, Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Pitt, Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye.