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Screenwriter John Ridley on '12 Years a Slave'

  • Aired: 11/18/2013
  • 07:26
  • Rating: NR
In depicting American slavery, Hollywood has long left some of the most brutal realities largely unseen. But the filmmakers behind "12 Years a Slave" tried not to flinch in showing the full system of human subjugation. Jeffrey Brown talks to screenwriter John Ridley about the challenge of humanizing a dehumanizing institution.
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'12 Years a Slave' restores historic firsthand account to cultural consciouness
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