’12 Years a Slave’ Featurette: Solomon Northup Descendants on Freedom Anniversary (Video)

“12 Years a Slave” is riding a wave of critical raves to a likely date with the Oscars. Now, Fox Searchlight is reminding viewers of the living legacy to the powerful tale of survival, sacrifice and unspeakable hardship in the antebellum South.

A new spot for the film (below) splices together scenes depicting Northup’s struggles to endure his enslavement and to secure his release with photos of his descendants. The pictures of his great-grandchildren (four or five times over) form an arresting tableau — a stark reminder that as William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Sometimes, over subsequent generations,  it gets mixed with hope.  Read More...



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