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12 Years a Slave (15) 2013 Directed by Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.  Set 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 change his life.

With multiple Oscar and Bafta Nominations,  this is a seriously beautiful production.  Be prepared to be touched with both the emotional and physical sensitivity of the direction, an unforgettable film.