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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave

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129 minutes


Based on a true story, Drama, Period and Historical




In 1841, when the majority of black people living in America were slaves, Solomon Northup was one of the fortunate few who had his freedom and enjoyed a comfortable life, working as a musician and raising a family in New York. After being abducted, he was sold at auction to a Louisiana slaver, who forced him to work on a cotton plantation. Unable to prove his status, he endured unimaginable abuse. Drawing upon Northup’s harrowing memoir, British filmmaker Steve McQueen presents a disturbing portrayal of the brutality and injustice of the slave trade in this powerful, shocking landmark drama.

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15 Classification

Contains strong violence, injury detail, sex, nudity and racist terms.

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