‘12 Years a Slave’ a painful but necessary look at our past

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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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