12 Years a Slave — disturbing, wrenching, powerful film. The actors had me right there, in the 19th century when, in the U.S., it was legal to own people of color. Ownership conferred the right to beat, maim, torture, whip, lynch, rape and otherwise divest slaves of their humanity.
Tough as it was to watch this film, I now want to read the book. I want to read his story in his own words.