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Dan Kirk-Davidoff

For the sake of getting conversation going, I'll stick up for "12 Years"- Solomon is shown working really hard to take advantage of any opportunity to get closer to freedom, and goes to considerable lengths to make himself known to friends. I think the fact that his own efforts fail just helps to illustrate how extraordinarily lucky he was to get free, and how different his situation was from the other slaves. The real moral center of the film is Patsy, who is doomed. The point is that slavery was a completely corrupting system that had to be extirpated by massive social upheaval. Sounds like Kidd's book is more concerned with how that upheaval came about, where 12 Years a Slave is focused on eliminating in the audience any sense that slavery was anything less than an abject evil.

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