The Last Slave Movie: See The First Trailer For “12 Years A Slave” Starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, And Alfre Woodard

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July 16, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Now I know you’re probably sick and tired of the slave/black maid movies that have been all over the place for the last couple of years, but before you turn a side-eye to this new film, 12 Years A Slave, you should check out the trailer first. It looks like it’s going to be epic.

Starring British (and Nigerian) actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry (from Beasts of the Southern Wild) and directed by London-born talent Steve McQueen (and he’s black too!), 12 Years A Slave is of course about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man who was later kidnapped and sold into slavery. After 12 years in slavery, he was later freed and because of his struggle, in 1840 a law was passed in New York to help recover free-blacks who were being taken against their will and sold into slavery.

The movie seems to tell Northup’s tale with brutal honesty, as well as his fight not to give up under a form of adversity most would crumble under. The acting looks great, the movie looks both entertaining and moving, and as usual, McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is providing us with another true story of courage in a way that only he can (and with the help of actor Michael Fassbender for the third time straight). Check out the trailer and let us know if you would go see it. 12 Years A Slave will be released October 18.

 

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  • BigBrownBear

    I WILL SURVIVE, I WILL NOT FALL INTO DESPAIR, I WILL KEEP MYSELF
    HARDY UNTIL FREEDOM IS OPPORTUNE!

  • kierah

    I’ll watch Alfre Woodard act the phone book, so I know I’ll watch.
    The motto for Jews regarding the Holocaust is “Never forget.” They are still pursing elderly Nazis and reparations.

    Why should we be encouraged to sweep our history under the rug? Recent events have shown that apparently White people today would like nothing more than to ignore the debt they owe Black Americans.

  • sabrina

    I’m personally tired of slavery movies as well.

  • Kenedy

    Here we go again…let me guess, Brad Pitt or Michael Fassbender will be nominated for best Actor, one of the black actors might be nominated for best supporting actor or actress, but they’re definitley not getting a best actor or actress nod, then…..if this movie gets a nod for both best actor & best supporting actor(or actress), they are only going to get either or, not both, so Brad Pitt or Michael Fassbender will end up winning….mann, I don’t even have to be a statistician, this ish is so predictable

  • TLady

    This is some bullshit right after the mess we just witnessed this weekend. They are trying to tell us something here people.

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    What about a movie about the Mino warrior queens of Dahomey? They were an all female military formed of women who escaped abusive marriages and of virgins. They protected their King, and the people of their kingdom and were highly skilled at combat. Can you imagine the love story Hollyweird could come up with? One of the warriors falls in love with the King (which he did take some of them as wives) and in the end she has to go to battle and risk her life protecting him? Now that’s a movie

  • IamWoman

    We must not be tired of Films regarding Slavery! We must embrace our past, struggles, deliberate deceit of mankind. We have become unconditionally comfortable. Jewish people do not forget and are not taught to forget the Holocaust. Slavery is our (Black people) holocaust! Some not all of the new generations of people do not know their past. When you don’t know your past, you do not know your future! And will disdained to repeat mistakes that our forefathers fought for. Let us not ever forget why we are here in the United States and how we continue to be treated as second class citizens.

    • hiswomanandlovingit

      THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS!!! do NOT forget about slavery. it is an ugly history but it is the history that all blacks share in the western hemisphere. they can make movies about toussaint l’ouverture (haiti) and about nanny of the maroons (jamaica) but how many of us will actually pay to see it? we must remember that we are not the majority in this country. we only make up about 14% of the population. is that enough to make the movie industries show us in better lights? the industry is about money and let us be real, white middle america is NOT going to pay to see us in movies of revolt and power.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Its nothing wrong with them but our culture is so much more than slavery. We were Queens and Kings, fought wars, conquered lands, raised nations. Not just got whipped on our backs by white men

  • get real

    They are pumping out these movies for a reason people. This stuff brings down the self esteem of black people believe or not. Especially with little/young people. This is way a black kid will say the white doll is prettier then the black one. Images of white people are positive, yet every time we turn around, we are slaves, maids, butlers, homeless people, on drugs etc. How much you wanna bet some koon comes in here talking “it’s our history, so we can’t be mad”?

  • Alexa

    Here’s the deal, it looks like a great film and I’m always up for supporting a black director trying to make it in Hollywood BUT I’m so tired of movies about slavery! African American history dates back so much more further than the slavery era! For crying out loud when are we going to get a modern film about the empires of Africa or the Kings and Queens that had great influence. Or how about a film of the first free black nation that abolished slavery in 1804? You know that oh so poor country they love to pity in the media called Haiti ( by the way I’m a proud Haitian and Jamican woman :)) Anyway the point is there’s so much more to our history so in closing I may not see this in theaters but I may buy the DVD. When will our black film messiah come????

    • Kay

      I agree you with you that there is so much more about African American history to learn. However, I do like that they come out with movies like these, even though they are not entirely true, for the up and coming generations. With the way the new generation is, I personally fear that they will forget or completely ignore what happen to their past relatives and ancestors. Im only 24 and will try my best to inform my kids on our history. As for Haiti being the first black free nation, I did not know that! Thanks for informing me on something I didn’t know. Im about to look that up now : ). I love researching African history. It’s a hobby for me.

      • rainydaze80

        This is in no way a slight, but I was going to say that maybe Alexa was going a bit overboard, but when you commented that you didn’t know about Haiti being the first free black nation I thought….wow, maybe she has a point. Maybe we need to make a film about Toussaint L’ouverture. But then I thought about it and “world” history classes do not teach this. The only reason I know a little about it is because of years of French lit and French history classes. But this is why we don’t have the type of films Alexa is talking about. How we can make movies about African empires and success when we don’t know ourselves? As a screenwriter, you can only write what you know. I don’t know alot about Africa before the Europeans arrived. It’s not history that is taught in the classroom, so keep encouraging your kids to learn our history and research things outside of the classroom!

        • SLC

          Hey there is a film about Toussaint L’Overture. It came out a few years ago. I do understand what you’re saying though. I get tired of all the movies about slavery, but I welcome it so that our kids know what happened – how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. As a teacher, I can assure you that African-American history…let alone African history isn’t being taught…so this is a way to get some dialogue going.

          • rainydaze80

            That’s good to know! That’s why I like these forums where we can share info and learn things! We can’t wait on mainstream media to portray blacks in a positive light, we have to do it ourselves, so the more we know, the better we are equipped to do so.

    • Brandi G

      I didnt know about Haiti either! Thank you for the info!

    • TLady

      You said a mouth full. Show us as the way were were before slavery if you want to speak about history.

    • Salonepikin

      Thank you! Plus the constant denigration of African nations as poor and pitiful, whilst ignoring the rich history just waiting to be explored. Just one small example: I’m a Sierra Leonean creole, decended from African-Americans who escaped to Canada, Jamaican Maroons and emancipated British slaves, all of whom emigrated to Sierra Leone and created the Province of Freedom- Freetown, which became known as the Athens of West Africa because of it’s brilliant educational system! If you dig a little deeper, there’s so much history and culture to make us feel proud of ourselves and our people!

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