Pre-Midway Moment 1 Media – Storylines and Viewing Instructions


12 Years A Slave (Netflix, et. al)

This film is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate
New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by (Michael Fassbender), 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

Viewing Instructions:

  • If possible, watch this film with one or two others even if you have seen it before.
  • Listen carefully to the dialogue and pay close attention to the movements.
  • Imagine the experience of Solomon the protagonist and other major characters.
  • At the end of the film, listen to the music as the credits are displayed and, think about the film.
  • Write reaction notes as soon as possible.
  • Discuss what you saw, heard, and thought with your viewing partners if there are any.

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