Twelve Years a Slave Solomon: Northup's Odyssey ()

directed by Gordon Parks
featuring Mason Adams, Avery Brooks, Rhetta Greene, Petronia Paley, John Saxon

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Half Slave, Half Free is the reissue title for African-American director Gordon Parks' TV movie Solomon Northup's Odyssey. Based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave, the film relates the story of Solomon Northup, a black freedman who, in 1841, was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Avery Brooks stars as Northup, who spent a dozen years in servitude in Louisiana before managing his escape. Northup's own written words bespeak a rebellious spirit not far removed from the firebrand freedom fighters of the ...

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