"Twelve Years a Slave" expands to more theaters this Friday. For Screen Time this week, Kerri and Stephanie will discuss the movie.
From David Denby's review in The New Yorker:
There are scenes and shots staged and photographed with such sober beauty that I will never forget them: in Washington, the men and women about to be shipped south, standing naked in a yard and washing themselves; the dripping woods and the languor of Louisiana in summer; Chiwetel Ejiofor's face--square jaw, furrowed brow, eyes appalled by a situation in which Solomon is forbidden to demonstrate exactly what, in his own eyes, makes him a man. Northup is a gentleman of mild disposition, easy to like; anyone who has ever feared losing everything will identify with him. But the movie leaves us grieving for the thousands who never knew freedom, who were never able to tell their stories for future generations.