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Continued: '12 Years a Slave' a different kind of horror movie

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 1, 2013 - 1:00 PM

“The acts of violence are necessary to understand Solomon’s psychology and the psychology of those around him. You can’t tell the story without the mayhem. It would be a disservice to the firsthand experience of Solomon Northup. If you removed it you wouldn’t be able to understand that degree of terror, of fear, of trepidation. Every act of violence is exactly as described in the book. There’s nothing added in an effort to be gratuitous.”

Ejiofor, who has a featured role as a translator in Steven Spielberg’s slavery film “Amistad,” said that a key difference between the productions is that “12 Years a Slave” “is a story told from inside the slave experience. That’s the gift of Solomon’s story, that it reaches so deep inside this experience.

“For me the film raises the question of what human respect really means and how we deal with our past while moving forward,” Ejiofor said. “Dividing everything into categories of race and gender and sexuality and religion really does not help anybody that much, yet some people are still determined to try.”


Colin Covert • 612-673-7186


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    Wednesday: Regional premiere of “12 Years a Slave,” 7:30 p.m. (sold out).

    Nov. 6: “Shame,” 7:30 p.m. $7-$12.

    Nov. 8: “Hunger,” 7:30 p.m. $7-$12.

    Nov. 9: Dialogue with the director, 8 p.m. (sold out).

    Where: Walker Cinema, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.

    Info: 612-375-7600 or

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