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Westport Library Hosts Screening, Discussion Of '12 Years A Slave’

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WESTPORT, Conn. - "12 Years a Slave," which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture and is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom, will be screened in the Westport Library's McManus Room on Saturday, May 31, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The film also won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress to Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay to John Ridley.

Set in the pre-Civil War United States, the film chronicles 12 years in the life of Solomon Northup (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery.

Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive but also to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. The film is based on Northup's 1853 memoir.

A discussion of the film will follow the screening, which is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport and Suagatuck Congregational Church.

For further information, call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org .

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