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12 Years a Slave Seen as Turning Point in Films on Slavery

Steve McQueen’s acclaimed new film, 12 Years a Slave, is a Hollywood watershed. The movie offers an unflinching portrayal of slavery in the United States and sets a new standard for narrating such stories on the silver screen. Video transcript: “And that servant who doesn’t obey his Lord shall be beaten with many stripes! That’s scripture."   Like many slavery films before it, 12 Years a Slave unfolds in the sweltering heat of southern plantations. But unlike its...

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