12 Years A Slave


Meetup time:  5:30 pm with viewing at 6:00 pm (this is a very popular new release -- I'm allowing 1/2 hour for meetup time to ensure getting tickets) 

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  • Debi E.

    Sad sad statement of cruel hatred in this country & hard to even watch. Amazing that humans can commit such hideous atrocities & have it not treated as a crime in a free country. Don't even know what to say aside from that. Movie well done but brutal & hard to even imagine being able to play the part Fassbinder had to become but excellent transformation for him to carry out. Movies like this just leave me heartbroken & speechless really because we all know it's true. Reminds me of Nazi Germany where people also turned their heads for various reasons. Not a proud "ability"/trait for humans in any scenario...

    November 5, 2013

  • Chip

    I thought I'd add my comments to the conversation here, even though I've also posted them on the Discussions>Mailing List page of our group on Meetup.com. I read the book (Amazon's "enhanced edition" historian by Sue Eakin), so I knew pretty well what I was in for. Like most "based on actual events" movies, some things were changed, dramatized, condensed, made up, or just plain skipped. Judging from our discussion afterwards, I didn't find the movie as difficult as some of the others who saw it. Frankly, some of the atrocities in the book were worse. I think this is a significant film - I hope that 50 years from now, people will still be watching it and talking about it. I expect it will get a whole raft of Academy Award nominations, and several wins. I would urge people to see it, but I also understand how some may find it just too difficult. The inhumanity and brutality is quite disturbing, but it's also an important part of our history as a nation.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Thanks to all who attended. What a truly important film -- very hard to watch but so well done.

    November 5, 2013

  • Marianne A.

    I'm sure this will be an excellent picture, looking forward to reading your commments. Just too busy today. Catch you next time.

    November 3, 2013

  • Laura S.

    I just read the reviews. My husband is from the south, and very anti-slavery, never believing in what happened there. We lived there for many years, and that type of movie just stirs things up-and not in a good way. Not good for us to watch.

    November 3, 2013

  • carol s.

    I'm sure this is going to be a very emotional film for all. I've decided to skip it for personal reasons.

    November 3, 2013

  • Tom A.

    I've been part of this meet up for a while now but this the first time that our schedule has aligned with the group. See you this evening.

    November 3, 2013

  • Chip

    Got about 60 pages to go in the book… gotta finish it by 5:45, I guess. Thank goodness for that extra hour!

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it. Have fun:)

    November 2, 2013

  • Julie S.

    Sorry to miss it - I have other plans but if I get back in time I'll come to the movie. Julie

    November 2, 2013

  • Marge

    Yea, I wanted to see this one with the group,

    November 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth R.

    Saw it last night. It is not an easy movie to see, but one which everyone should see. 180 degrees opposite the sanitized, paternalistic "Gone With The Wind" version of slavery. Fine acting
    of course. Steel yourselves!

    November 2, 2013

  • Debi E.

    I was going to day but I'll go tomorrow with you guys instead!!
    It will be dark by that time anyway, so why not be inside watching a great movie!

    November 2, 2013

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