The Untold Story of Slavery? Why 12 Years a Slave is Essential
By Steven D. Greydanus
From a Catholic Digest article
The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, now in theaters, isn’t just an astonishing film about an important subject. It’s also a rare and valuable film of a kind I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before.
I can’t believe I never realized it until now, but I can’t think of another fact-based motion picture about the slave experience in America — that is, a movie about slavery in the United States told from the point of view of actual, historical slaves, many of whose stories were published by abotionists prior to the Civil War and by civil rights activists after it.
There are good fact-based movies about slavery told from the point of view of abolitionists, like Daniel Day-Lewis’s Abraham Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones’s Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln last year …