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Slavery in America

Montage of pictures and words about the "peculiar institution" of antebellum slavery in America.
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Slavery Built America (we need to thank the blacks)

Slavery Built America (we need to thank the blacks) Slaves built the white house, the pyramids, & the Parthenon. We all should thank slaves.
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Was 12 Years a Slave the best film of the year? I hope not

Was 12 Years a Slave the best film of the year? I hope not | slavery | Scoop.it
Michael White: I am delighted Steve McQueen's serious and beautifully filmed movie was recognised at the Oscars but I found it oddly bloodless in spirit
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Early Reactions To 'Twelve Years A Slave' Suggest Average Black Audiences Won't Like It

Early Reactions To 'Twelve Years A Slave' Suggest Average Black Audiences Won't Like It | slavery | Scoop.it
A film I'm eagerly-anticipating this year, which we believe will likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, isSteve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave - one of 7 more slave-themed films I highlighted in a January post, that we can expect some time this year.

 

It's a film whose title was mentioned often in discussions about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, although, from what we know of McQueen's film, there's very little to compare between both films, other than they're both set during a time before slavery was outlawed in this country (the USA). But the narratives of each film, as well as the motivations of the filmmakers behind each film, are very different.

 

As we wait for an announcement on when McQueen's film will make its debut, as well as for a glimpse at the film, via a trailer, clips, or some official stills, test screenings of the film are currently taking place in a few cities across the USA, and some of our readers attended those press screenings and shared their reactions with us, although, more specifically, the reactions that attending audiences had to the film. So, no spoilers here.

 

I won't post every email I received, because they all had very similar reactions, but I thought this one was especially interesting in its focus on how black people in the audience received the film. So, check it out below.

 

[Click the title to jump to the site and read the first of what I suspect will be many opinions on this challenging film.]


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Linda Hobbet's comment, February 26, 2013 3:39 PM
The guy I heard on the Red Carpet referenced his role as Julian Assange.
Tee Poulson's comment, February 26, 2013 4:36 PM
I am a little nervous as the Director of 'The Fifth Estate' is the winner of this year's Razzie for Worst Director, thanks to his work on Twilight Breaking Dawn. I genuinely hope that he has the opportunity and skills to prove his detractors wrong and create a great film.
Tee Poulson's comment, February 26, 2013 5:05 PM
Good grief! I just found out that Bill Condon directed one of my favourite films of all time, 'God and Monsters'. I am so relieved!!! Oooooh, now I really *am* getting excited about The Fifth Estate.