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Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom, 12 Years a Slave is essential cinema.




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12 Years a Slave


12 Years a Slave

Year released



Drama, history


MA 15+
Strong themes and violence


In 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.



Cast and crew

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Lupita Nyong'o
Based on a true story, 12 Years a Slave follows Solomon Northup, a New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Facing unimaginable cruelty, he struggles to maintain his dignity and figure out a way to return to those he loves.

With an incredible cast and impeccable script, 12 Years a Slave may not be comfortable viewing, but it is a marvellous piece of cinema. Graphic and emotional, the movie will stay with you for long after the end credits roll.




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