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12 Years a Slave Review

When Will Black Historical Films Focus On Triumph, Rather Than Plight?

Joe Morton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Joe Morton

It is very difficult for me to view a film like 12 Years a Slave, as brilliant as it might be perceived, without being angered about the amount of violence perpetrated upon black flesh and black womanhood, without feeling that the self-worth of modern day African Americans is being diminished, without feeling that this kind of film enflames an omnipresent and smoldering mistrust of whites by blacks.

The Moving Gaze of Steve McQueen

Spencer Wolff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Spencer Wolff

12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup, a talented violinist from Saratoga, N.Y., who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Based on a true story, the film is an epic of endurance: two hours of Solomon snared in a setting as breathtaking for its beauty as it is for its callous violence.

This Movie Should Be Required Viewing

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

"12 Years a Slave" is the most important movie of the year.