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12 Years A Slave 15 classification

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Genre: Drama / Historical / Biopic
Director: Steve McQueen
Running time: 134 mins
Released: 10th January 2014


About 12 Years A Slave

A harrowing drama based on the true story of a free man kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s. Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man living happily with his wife (Kelsey Scott) and children in New York. He heads to Washington in the hopes of securing a new job, but is instead drugged before being forcibly transported to Washington and sold into slavery. He passes through the hands of a range of plantation-owners, including a master (Michael Fassbender) with a sadistic fixation on a female slave (Lupita Nyong'o). Stripped of his name and most of his human rights, Solomon realises that he must keep quiet and hide his educated background if he is to survive his ordeal and see his family again. As the title of the film suggests, it is a long road to freedom.


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