'12 Years a Slave' Compels, Inspires<br />

'12 Years a Slave' Compels, Inspires

Kristin Braswell says the buzz over the film is well deserved

Kristin Braswell

by Kristin Braswell, October 18, 2013

'12 Years a Slave' Compels, Inspires<br />

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave

certain narratives, oppression is an inevitable outcome of a loss of hope.

After the screening, McQueen asked the audience: "Could you imagine being born a slave? I think that's the worst thing that could happen to a human being. I think that when you fast forward slavery to today, walking down the streets, you see the evidence of slavery everywhere, in America, in the West Indies, in London, Europe, you see the evidence of it. This stuff hasn't been dealt with. When you look at the Holocaust, and Germany, and how many people have actually studied that, dealt with that and continue to deal with that. Slavery, it hasn't even started. It's a deep psychological wound."

12 Years a Slave is more than a beautiful and harrowing tale of redemption; it is a call for America to no longer look away from the legacy of its history and an unflinching judgment on the inhumanity of a system that still lingers today.

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