UWE Bristol Professor to lead '12 Years a Slave' question and answer session

Issue date: 24 January 2014


Madge Dresser, Associate Professor in History at UWE Bristol, is set to lead a question and answer session at the Watershed prior to a screening of the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave. The Q&A will be on the subject of 'Slavery and Public History' and will take place at 14:00 at the Watershed on Sunday 26 January.

12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon, a talented violinist living as a free man in New York. In 1841 he is conned, drugged, abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana, where he is told to forget his old life: his name, his talents, his identity and skills. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor the film is an unflinching depiction of slavery in Pre-Civil War America and recently picked up the Golden Globe for Best Drama along with 9 Academy Award nominations.

The films significance goes behind that of awards ceremonies and critical plaudits, as Dr Dresser explains, “12 years a slave is a beautifully shot and emotionally charged film which, albeit in a very different way, will do for this generation what the television series 'Roots' did for the one before it.”

For more information and to book tickets please visit the Watershed event page.

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