A Film Any Person of Conscience Should Probably See

A Film Any Person of Conscience Should Probably See

Bette and I saw “12 Years A Slave” this weekend (we often wait to see it in one of the inexpensive late-run theaters). 

It was brutal, raw, and offensive on many levels — and ought to be seen by persons of conscience. Here are a few excertps from Crosswalk.com, detailing the particulars. Read more at http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/movies/12-years-a-slave-movie-review.html?ps=0

We’ve seenslavery depicted on film before, but not like this.

12 Years a Slave is the adaptation of a little known memoir by 19th-century African-American Solomon Northup, a free man by birth living in New York who was kidnapped into slavery. It’s a visceral, relentless look, one so unflinching that I became genuinely concerned for the welfare of the actors.

It also examines the business of slavery in detail. Seeing the system at work compounds the oppression. This shame didn’t happen just by force but by calculation, one of perverse sociopathic indifference. Human bondage was not just circumstantial; it was societal. The scope communicates the hopelessness.

Indeed, slavery was the very foundation of an entire economic culture, one on which a civilization was built and sustained. It required people to be kept, moved, and treated worse than animals because there is a spirit and soul in humans that must be dehumanized. We see how the intricacies of a Slavery Society do that, and why slave uprisings – which may make for provocative historical fiction – rarely, if ever, occurred. Violence breaks the body, but it’s the system that breaks the soul.

Read more at http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/movies/12-years-a-slave-movie-review.html?ps=0

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