Film: “12 Years a Slave” by Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and the Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley. The Best Picture win made Steve McQueen the first black producer ever to have received the award and the first black director to have directed a Best Picture. The musical score to the film was composed by Hans Zimmer, with original on-screen violin music written and arranged by Nicholas Britell and performed by Tim Fain. The film also features a few pieces of western classical and American folk music. (134 minutes)

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