12 Years A Slave

2013 – 134 minutes.

Touching and thrilling movie based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup. In 1841, while being a free, black man in New York, he was kidnapped by two men and sold as a slave. 

Halfway the nineteenth century. America is on the verge of a civil war between the liberal North and the conservative South. Solomon Northup is an instructed black man with a gift for music. Together with his wife and children, he lives as a free man in Saratoga, New York. His happiness takes a bitter turn when one day he meets two men who promise him a good job.
The men drug him and take him to the South to be sold off as a slave. Solomon tries to convince his owners that he is a free man, but nobody listens to him. His desperate attempts to escape are all in vain and he is increasingly subjected to atrocities. But then he meets a Canadian who will change his life forever.

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Themes
Democracy and justice, Racism and/or discrimination, War and armed conflict
Age rating
16
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
mbo - niveau 1 & 2
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
Director
Steve McQueen
Country
United Kingdom, United States
Type
Fiction
Duration
134 minutes
Year
2013