12 Years a Slave is a MUST SEE!



By Nikki Smith with excerpts from Susan Wloszczyna 


“After “Django Unchained” and Lee Daniels‘ “The Butler,” both informed by the shameful legacy of slavery and institutionalized injustice in America, you might think you have satisfied your quota of viewing incidents of racial hatred, sexual abuse and ugly brutality in the past year.

You would be wrong. While both of those box-office and critical successes offered compensation for their heavy subject matter with outbreaks of humor and a hip attitude, “12 Years a Slave” is a somber, meditative, almost poetic film that delivers the horrors of bondage stripped down and head-on.”

Based on actual events, it begins in 1841 and tells the story of a free black man from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a musician named Solomon Northup (Chewetel Ejiofor), who lives a comfortable life as a musician with his wife and two children. 

Ejiofor eyes capture accurately the intense horror Solomon must have felt to find himself tricked and swindled into slavery by traffickers posing as traveling entertainers. The agony of a man robbed of his freedom resonates deeply with viewers as the story unfolds into 12 years of utter despair. 

As important and significant as this film is, a strong, poetic account of one of the most horrific periods of American history, that has received tremendous media attention, very few African Americans have seen it. 

Mr. Howard Denson, Publisher of the St. Louis Black Pages and strong supporter of 12 Years a Slave, voiced his distaste for the lack of attendance from the St. Louis African American community.

“The only way we can truly heal as a community and move forward is to understand our roots and pay homage to our ancestors who chose life when hope unborn had died. They made it possible for us to be here and we should support films such as these to educate ourselves of the horror they endured so that we may live.”

Needless to say, 12 years a slave is a MUST SEE, especially for those  who seek answers as to why so much death and destruction runs throughout our communities and what we must acknowledge so that we may  finally heal.

Visit http://www.fandango.com/saint+louis_mo_movietimes to find a showing near you! 



-Nikki Smith