Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o
Based on a true story , Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free African American man living in Saratoga in 1841 when he is kidnapped by travelling charlatans and sold into slavery. For the next twelve miserable years he lives as a slave in the Southern States and endures complete degredation. Great performances from the cast in a slow moving narrative graphically illustrated with brutality . Arguably contexturally based and accurate but designed to shock. Not for the faint hearted. Much as I wanted to enjoy the film, I didn’t.