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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.
A film guide that looks at 12 Years a Slave (2013), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
This resource supported the black history strand at the Into Film Festival
Activities to support debate, discussion and reflection alongside a screening from the Black Star strand.
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11–16 years 115 mins
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14+ years 148 mins
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11+ years 92 mins
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Award-winning actor Viola Davis speaks with our reporter Eleanor about her new film 'Widows' as it opens the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.
Viewing time 2 mins
Tim Hunter, a Director at BAFTA, discusses the Academy's new initiatives as it celebrates 70 years, and reveals his own formative experiences with film.
Reading time 6 mins
Ahead of VE Day (8 May) history teacher Daryn Simon details why he believes that film is a powerful tool for developing young people's understanding of history.
Reading time 4 mins
A selection of films looking at international representations of Black History across cinema.
No. of films24
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