In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Despite being one of the most promising British directorial talents working in cinema today, watching a film by Steve McQueen is no easy feat. His 2008 debut, Hunger, left a crushing feeling of despair lingering long after the credits and his 2011 portrait of sex addiction, Shame,was no different.
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