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Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup in the new film ‘12 Years a Slave.’

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup in the new film ‘12 Years a Slave.’

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‘12 years a Slave’

Focused and realistic film enriches a neglected truth

" It's hard to imagine a film that the world needs more profoundly than "12 Years a Slave." For the first time --150 years after the abolition of American slavery -- a major motion picture devotes focused and realistic attention to an American slave narrative, without mitigating the story with a white hero or cheapening it with overly easy, dramatic resolutions of the problems served up by that story. It’s the most important film to be released this year and a master class in how film can enrich and deepen understanding of a neglected subject." --Opinionated Judge, Darleen Ortega