Films as Mirrors


I was thrilled that Twelve Years A Slave got Best Film and Best Actor at the BAFTA’s.  Both speeches were great – Steve McQueen’s touched a nerve.  The film as we know is more than just a film as what happened in it was real.  McQueen, in his after-award-show comment to the media said that the film is a mirror to humanity; we watch it and unfortunately we see ourselves.  In his acceptance speech he said that today, 21 million people are still in slavery of one form or another.  Yet again it takes the arts to remind us of our history and expose us to what we are still capable of.  It would be a bad thing, as he said, if in 150 years time, another Director has to make another film about this depraved human activity to reveal the truth.

12 Years

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