12 Years A Slave
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2013 [Brazil]
CAST: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Quvenzhane Wallis
WHY IT'S OSCAR-WORTHY: If Django Unchained and Lincoln weren’t enough to convince you that slaves are the latest Hollywood trend, the critically acclaimed Black English director Steve McQueen (Shame) brings a drama that’s sure to test your convictions. 12 Years a Slave, written and directed by McQueen, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a New York free man who’s tricked by slave traders, kidnapped and sold into slavery. There he’s made to work on a Louisiana plantation for 12 years, desperately trying to find a way to get back to his family. Based on the actual events of Solomon Northup and his novel (Twelve Years a Slave), his daily life experiences mirror that of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Ann Jacobs or William Wells Brown.