The movie is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free man sold illegally into the institution of Southern slavery.
The experience transformed his entire perception of FREEDOM and HUMANITY. He was robbed of time from his family and the development of other talents and skills that were “altered” to accomodate the demands of another being professing to be Lord over another.
This is the original book for which the movie is based.
The movie was incredible. Honestly, I haven’t seen a movie that created THOUGHT. The director was proficient in taking the audience to the mental space of the lead character. There were quiet moments in the movie that were more moving than the most violent scenes. There was a TOLD balance represented that spoke to HOW the people of Africa and the corners of America were able to withstand the abuses of their captors.
UK director Steve McQueen stated that the experience of the African American “deserves to be retold”.