This is the 2014 Oscar-winner for Best Film Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
As you might guess from its Certificate 15 rating, this is not always easy viewing as the evils of slavery are unflinchingly portrayed.
Read about the original memoir, published by Solomon Northup in 1853.