Based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave, the film relates the story of Solomon Northup, a black freedman who, in 1841, was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Avery Brooks stars as Northup, who spent a dozen years in servitude in Louisiana before managing his escape. Northup’s own written words bespeak a rebellious spirit not far removed from the firebrand freedom fighters of the ’60s. Curiously, director Parks downplays this in favor of sentimentality. Q & A right after the film, with a descendant of Solomon Northup, Melissa Howell. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to the installation of the Derby & Miller Historical Marker that was dedicated in July 2018.
The Solomon Northup Legacy Screenings Part 2: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey
- 8 Exchange Street
- Auburn, NY 13021
- January 27, 2019
- Auburn Public Theater
- Ticket Price Includes Q & A with Northup descendants directly after the movie: $10