The Willson Center Cinema Roundtable meets to discuss topics of film history, criticism and theory. Richard Neupert, the coordinator of UGA film studies, organizes and moderates the roundtables.
Title: “12 Years a Slave: History and Slavery on Film”
Date: February 21, 4:00 pm
Location: Miller Learning Center, Room 148
12 Years a Slave is based on an 1853 memoir in which Solomon Northrup, a free African-American born in New York, told the story of his enslavement in Louisiana after being kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. The film has won numerous honors, including the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Picture in the drama category. It has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The roundtable will “confront the challenges of adapting Solomon Northrup’s memoir about slavery for contemporary movie audiences,” Neupert said. “Is it good ‘history’? Is it good ‘cinema’?”
The panel of faculty members is Valerie Babb, professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies; John Inscoe, Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor; Rielle Navitski, assistant professor of theatre and film studies; and Freda Scott Giles, associate professor of theatre and film studies. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts in the department of theatre and film studies, will moderate the discussion.