Indie Films Fernie presents '12 Years a Slave'
Indie Films Fernie is back for another month and it's bringing the latest Oscar winning film to town. 12 Years a Slave is a historical epic drama based on the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup.
The film tells the extraordinary true stroy of Northup, a musician in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841. After accepting a job offer from two men to play for a circus, Solomon finds himself kidnapped, transported to the South, and sold into slavery. Forced to take a new name, he is thrown together with other enslaved African Americans, each subjected to gruelling labour, daily humiliations, and the pain of having their families torn apart. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Director Steve McQueen has crafted a portrait of a man who refuses to let slavery extinguish his spirit. Powerful, visceral, and often heartbreaking, the film vividly and unforgettably communicates the horrors of slave society.
12 Years a Slave has received critical acclaim following its release in 2013 and was awarded the Best Film award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in February. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Catch 12 Years a Slave when it plays Monday night at the Vogue Theatre. Tickets are available at the door and online.