in Chapel Hill
This is the story:
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, 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 will forever alter his life.
The story is based on a book written by Solomon Northup, published in 1853. He was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.
This is NOT Gone With the Wind.
It is probably the most intense, riveting, and compelling movie I've seen in a very long time.
I'm a Yankee living in the south. Chapel Hill is bastion of liberalism, yet the movie is not playing here.
It can be seen in Durham, also liberal, but only on two screens and only at late (8:45 and 9:45) showings.
Hubby and I drove 30 minutes, passing many theaters, in order to see it this afternoon. It was well attended.
I came out of the theater saying to hubby, this is what is behind the hatred of President Obama: the southern white
attitude that blacks are lesser beings, should be treated as property, has never gone away. The Bible is part of this
belief system and always was used as a defense for the inhumane treatment of other human beings as slaves. Use
of guns--and their availability--was also necessary to enforce this system. And capitalism? Operating at its finest,
without regard to morality or dignity or consideration of the treatment of human capital.
The movie is definitely worth searching out.
and what did I find but the January contest--Sunrise, Sunset!
Well, not going to use the sunrise from this morning--so here it is:
Took this about 2:15 pm this afternoon. I don't often notice we have a daytime moon rising. It's fun to see the sunlight
on the tree branches and bright blue sky.
Profile InformationGender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Durham, NC
Member since: Sat May 7, 2005, 10:13 PM
Number of posts: 30,988
- 2023 (152)
- 2022 (48)
- 2021 (1)
- May (1)
- 2020 (6)
- 2019 (2)
- 2018 (2)
- 2017 (1)
- September (1)
- 2016 (7)
- November (7)
- 2015 (23)
- 2014 (40)
- 2013 (42)
- 2012 (29)