The trials and tribulations of an adventurous modern mom
A few weeks ago right when I was in the thick of that dark, anxious cloud of waiting for my father’s biopsy results I went to see perhaps the best movie of the year and the best movie I’ve seen in a long time: “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen. Based on a true story and novel written by the main character of the movie, Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave offers one of the most in depth, emotionally challenging examination of the impact of slavery on mankind.
Now you may ask why on earth I would go to such a dark, difficult movie the day I was to hear my father’s biopsy results. For some reason, I wanted to escape my own personal sorrows and see a deeply disturbing, thought-provoking movie about a much more horrid issue in the scheme of things: The fact that Americans practiced human slavery for a shocking 246 years, and even worse, that there really has not been many major films about it.
I found myself glued to the screen and having to shield my eyes at times to the unbelievable hatred, bigotry and violence that the slave owners delivered to what they called “their property”. I cried my eyes out at the injustice, the hate, and the darkness of the human soul to do such things to other human beings. The movie was incredibly powerful and the McQueen held on to the violent scenes that were too difficult to bare, with insistence and longevity that made the viewer want to jump up on stage and strangle the slave owners.
12 Years a Slave reminded me that in some ways, hatred, killing and violence against people due to race, religion, or creed has basically not changed much today. There is still war, terrorism and sadly, human trafficking and slavery even in today’s world. I will never understand how man can hate another just because he is different. It is my strong belief that we are all the same, equal and all striving for the same joy and happiness in life.
The powerful message and reminder in 12 Years a Slave goes to show that we still have a long ways to go.