‘12 Years a Slave’ a painful but necessary look at our past
“12 Years a Slave,” with Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, presents an unvarnished, painful look at slavery. Each new generation, no matter how distant, needs to come to grips with this part of American history. This film could be part of the process.
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:00 am
Maybe you think slavery in America was a long time ago. Maybe it makes you sad to realize it happened but you think the history of it hasn’t got much to do with you. I used to think that, naively.
But that changed for me in 1990. I was reminded of this in disturbing and vivid fashion at a preview screening of “12 Years a Slave,” a movie that opened here this weekend.
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