12 YEARS A SLAVE epitomizes the character of the human spirit.
Today’s panelists, Rachel V. Byrd and Dami Akinnusi join our host, Safitya Songhai, in Manhattan at the downtown Lower East Side wine bar, Amuse, to discuss and review the stylistic, ground-breaking film, 12 Years a Slave. Directed by British filmmaker, Steve McQueen and featuring a screenplay by John Ridley. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt. Considered by many to be one of the most important films of this year, 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a 19th century free black man from upstate New York who finds himself sold into slavery. After an arduous twelve years, he manages to reclaim his life and write a book about his harrowing experience detailing the dark side of a chapter in American history.
What happens in today’s video film review when these three women: a recent Harvard grad, an award-winning British filmmaker and a film grad from New York University’s MFA program come together to discuss and review a historical drama of this significance? A most prolific conversation not to be missed. See for yourself.
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