12 Years A Slave Movie Analysis

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12 Years A Slave
The purpose of this paper is to give you some information about the movie 12 Years A Slave and its journey to the Oscars. This can only be done by first giving you some insight into the people who made it possible. Including the Director and the man who wrote the book that this movie is based on, Solomon Northup who explains his experience in the hardships of slavery after his abduction in 1841.
The movie 12 Years A Slave was shot in twenty thirteen by director Steven Rodney McQueen. He was born October 9, 1969. He studied art in London at the Chelsea College of Art and Design for one year and three years at Goldsmiths, University of London. While there he developed a liking for film which led him to produce films such as
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The Best Picture win also made Steven McQueen “the first black producer ever to have received the award and the first black director to have directed a Best Picture winner” “Kuiper, Kathleen”
The movie itself was based off a book written by Solomon Northup in 1853 about his hardships faced after being abducted in 1841 and sold into slavery. Solomon was freed twelve years later in 1853 with the help from his colleagues and friends and wrote about his experiences in slavery. He even tried to prosecute the men who kidnapped him but ultimately failed due to one sided laws of the time that didn’t allow a black man to testify against a white man. He died sometime after 1857 but he lived on in his
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Quotes like the one he says while being transported to be sold “Days ago I was with my family in my home now you’re telling me all is lost tell no one who I am that’s the way to survive? Well I don’t want to survive I want to live” This shows that he wants more that to just survive, survival alone isn’t enough for him.
In conclusion I would like to say that the reviews of this movie are continuously positive they all praise the movie for its ability to accurately depict the reality of this dark time in American history. They also, praise the movie for depicting not only the bad or the good but for showing you both in a manner that allows you to understand that though some people didn’t like the treatment of the time it didn’t stop them from owning

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