12 Years A Slave
About the Film
About the Director
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. 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) forever alters his life.
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Steve McQueen was born in London and studied at the Chelsea School of Art, Goldsmiths College, and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. His art has been shown in museums around the world, including the Guggenheim, the Tate, the Centre Pompidou, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His past feature films include HUNGER ('08) and SHAME ('11), which screened at HIFF.
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