12 Years A Slave

12 Years a Slave Poster

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a freeman working as a violinist, happily living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1841. While his family is out of town on a trip he is introduced to two men that invite him on a trip to Washington, DC under the premise of an opportunity to earn a good deal of money for a short stint as a violinist in the circus. During a night out, Northup is drugged by the men and loses consciousness only to awake shackled in a small dark room. We witness the theft of Northup’s freedom and his initiation into slavery as he goes through the forced transformation of becoming “Platt”, the slave.