Have you ever wanted to meet a slave? Or their descendants?
Well, now you can.
A new video for the film “12 Years a Slave” has been released online.
“The Faces of Solomon” featurette includes photos and clips of the real life Solomon Northup‘s great grandchildren.
“This is a very special project to us: we worked with the direct descendants of Solomon Northup. We created this web site in their honor. It’s absolutely inspiring to see such a rich legacy,” the video creators say.
Click here to watch the featurette.
“Slave” is based on the 1854 memoir by Northup – a free black man from New York abducted and sold into slavery – who is fighting for his freedom and survival.
“This is no fiction, no exaggeration. If I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting to the reader too prominently the bright side of the picture. I doubt not hundreds have been as unfortunate as myself; that hundreds of free citizens have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, and are at this moment wearing out their lives on plantations,” Northup says in his memoir.
The Steve McQueen directed film ties with “American Hustle,” both earning 13 nominations at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and seven nods at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. The film is also the most recognized at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), with four nominations.
“Slave” has been named the Best Picture of 2013 by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). And won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival.