Monday, November 4, 2013

12 Years a Slave

A few weeks ago, I had to read three chapters of Frederick Douglass's memoir.
I had always been intrigued by his story (and of course the topic of slavery), but had never gotten around to reading it in high school.

On a Friday night a few weeks ago, I decided to get the reading done and before I knew it, it was two in the morning and I had finished the entire thing (which really isn't that long). If you haven't read it yet, I think it's a truly touching story and important piece of history everyone should be informed about.

I had also just seen a trailer for 12 Years a Slave, a new movie produced by Brad Pitt about a free black American named Solomon Northup who is coerced, captured, and sold into slavery in the south for twelve (long, torturous) years. The film is based on the true 1853 autobiography by Northup,  a somewhat forgotten book. Personally, I loved seeing the parallels between Douglass and Northup's lives. Although I haven't read Northup's memoir (it's on my Christmas reading list), I thought the film was absolutely phenomenal. The cinematography is simple and beautiful and all of the actors give superb performance. It is definitely graphic and emotionally upsetting at times, mainly because it plays out every nightmare of a scene you could imagine from slavery. It forces the audience to truly question how humans could possibly ever believe in the justice of slavery.

 I really hope this film receives the accolades it deserves and I am so glad Northup's story will forever be memorialized in such a beautiful film. Hopefully, his story will never have to be repeated in America and one day everywhere in the world. It's definitely one of those movies that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

1 comment:

  1. I just saw this trailer the other day! It looks amazing!


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