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Best Oscar winner of the last 10 years or more...
on 2 May 2016
OK... on a serious note... By 1841, the British Empire had banned the world wide slave trade. It did this, because if Britain didn't have free labour, nobody else would. Britain was the first slave nation to ban slavery throughout it's Empire, and, the fact that Britain was the first industrial nation, workers worked better when paid wages. Britain also had the biggest navy in the world, which meant it could stop what was known as "The Middle Passage". That being, the shipping of Africans from Africa, to the New World. What does this have to do with this film? EVERYTHING. Because America could not import enough slaves, the salve owners resorted to kidnapping free black people from the Northern free states. One being Solomon Northup. And this is his story.
Let me say that slavery was and still is an evil social-economic system, that has been in use for 1,000s of years. In 1841, half the Russian population were Serfs. That is white people enslaving other white people. So when watching this film, I thought about the slaves of ancient
Roman times, and how they were treated, but, Roman slaves had MORE rights than American slaves. I also thought of the sex slaves of ISIS, and the people trafficking of today. Sadly, slavery is still alive and well all over the world. Needles to say, I hate slavery, no matter where or when it is.
I am British, and I am very proud of of my country and it's people. Yes, we did start the North American slave trade, but we were the first to stop it. Just remember this, more Africans fought for the British against the Americans in the "so-called" American revolution. And those who did, were freed and taken to Canada. Just Google, The Book of the Negroes. I am also proud of the fact that both Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor are British. I say this, because this film would be have been s*** if made with a American star and director. If this film was directed by Spike Lee or Steven Spielberg, it would have been an over long "message " movie, with a somewhat happy ending. This film is possible, one the best films of the decade, and easily the best Oscar winner of the last 10 years or more.
Hollywood produces such rubbish these days. Big budget 100 million dollar plus movies, that say nothing about the human condition, where as this (British) film had a relative small budget of 22 million dollars, and will be seen and talked about for many years ahead, more that can be said of the DC and Marvel "franchise" schlock that passes as "entertainment" these days.
A film like this comes only once in a generation, so you will have to wait a long time before you see anything as powerful and as truthful as this.