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Reelblack Presents - Solomon Northup's Odyssey (The Original 12 Years a Slave)

In anticipation of Steve McQueen's award winning feature 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which opens October 18, Reelblack will host a rare public screening of Gordon Park's final feature film, HALF SLAVE, HALF FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP'S ODYSSEY on Friday October 11 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue.  Screening will start at 7pm.  Admission is $5.00.

Solomon Northup's Odyssey, reissued as Half Slave, Half Free, is a 1984 American television film based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film, which aired on PBS, was directed by Gordon Parks with Avery Brooks starring as the titular character. It was the second film to be funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, following Denmark Vesey's Rebellion in 1982. Parks returned to direct the film after years of absence. He chose to work in the Deep South and to collaborate with a crew of mixed races. The film first aired on PBS on December 10, 1984 and as part of PBS's American Playhouse anthology television series in the following year. It was released on video under the title Half Slave, Half Free.

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  • Terrence

    The event and movie were great!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Njideka W.

    Sorry I missed it. Live in Delaware and wasn't able to leave in time!

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Mike D.

      It's OK. The movie is available online as Solomon Northrup's Odyssey if you want to see it. Please, Please Please come out and support our Event Friday night in Cherry Hill.

      October 15, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Don't let the rain stop you from coming out to see this great movie. Plus we'll be giving away t-shirts, dvds and movie passes to see THE WEDDING PALACE .

    2 · October 11, 2013

    • Sherry Stallworth J.

      Hi Mike D...I am so sorry I missed out. I hope to see you at the next event!

      1 · October 11, 2013

  • Ahngelique D.

    Love this historical precursor to tge updated film version..So excited to be amongst such a sophisticated film audience.

    2 · October 11, 2013

  • Lorrie R

    got held up on a phone call and missed Septa. I will miss. BTW, I have a photo of Avery Brooks and me at Walnut St. Theatre in late 1980's

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Tera

    Lot of accidents and traffic, I am going to be extremely late

    October 11, 2013

  • Terrence

    I'm excited about attending this event :)

    October 10, 2013

  • Terrence

    I'm excited about attending this event :)

    1 · October 10, 2013

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