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12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen

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Festival year: 2014

Touching and thrilling movie based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup. In 1841, while being a free, black man in New York, he was kidnapped by two men and sold as a slave. 


Halfway the nineteenth century. America is on the verge of a civil war between the liberal North and the conservative South. Solomon Northup is an instructed black man with a gift for music. Together with his wife and children, he lives as a free man in Saratoga, New York. His happiness takes a bitter turn when one day he meets two men who promise him a good job.
The men drug him and take him to the South to be sold off as a slave. Solomon tries to convince his owners that he is a free man, but nobody listens to him. His desperate attempts to escape are all in vain and he is increasingly subjected to atrocities. But then he meets a Canadian who will change his life forever.


United States, United Kingdom 2013, 134 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:


New Regency Pictures

+1 3103698300

Dutch distribution:

Independent Films

+31 205314250

World sales:


+1 3104499200

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