12 Years A Slave (2013) Directed by Steve McQueen

illustration Juulia Niiniranta

Astrid Swan and Nick Triani watch Steve McQueen’s powerful film 12 Years A Slave. In this review they discuss structural racism, the current sociopolitical climate and the alignment of art and politics.
12 Years A Slave is without doubt the most important mainstream movie of recent times. Its truths are the truths of our age. It’s depiction of deep seated hatred is often hard to stomach, almost revelling in a type of masochism.

Sometimes, not very often, cinema aligns directly with the most urgent political message of its time and this was the case with 12 Years A Slave.


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