By Louis White – Year 12 Founders House
12 Years A Slave is a harrowing experience for the audience but nevertheless completely engaging.
Be prepared to shed a few tears of anger and frustration, and ask if any lessons or more understanding have been learned from humanity since then.
The roles are played with passion, as are the settings with the eerily foliage trees set among the marshes. The mansions provide a grotesque juxtaposition on the film’s portrayal of desperation and deprivation and cruelty.
The lynchings are confronting and horrifying as is the final scene of violence carried out on the object of fascination and abuse by the plantation owner when she is brutally beaten….
Overall a very confronting and harrowing film delves upon the severity of African American slavery.
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