UN / 12 YEARS A SLAVE

27-Feb-2014 00:02:33
The Academy Award nominated film Twelve Years a Slave was presented at the United Nations by its director Steve Mc Queen. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the film was hard to watch, but there can be no turning away “from the horrors of slavery as it was practiced then and not from the forms of slavery that exist today.” UNTV / FOX SEARCHLIGHT
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STORY: UN / 12 YEARS A SLAVE
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SOURCE: UNTV / FOX SEARCHLIGHT
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 FEBRUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

26 FEBRUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Zoom in , Film Director Steve McQueen shakes hands with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
4. Pan left, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“There were moments when the film was hard to watch, but there can be no turning away, not from the horrors of slavery as it was practiced then and not from the forms of slavery that exist today around the world.”
6. Zoom out, audience
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve McQueen, Film Director:
“To me it was always a parallel. This was a mirror, this was a mirror of what is actually happening in our reality, and that’s what cinema is about. So, it’s not about 1841 when someone was kidnapped, it is about 2014.”
8. Pan left, audience
9. Med shot, Ban and McQueen shake hands

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10. Various shot, scene from the film Twelve Years a Slave

26 FEBRUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve McQueen, Film Director:
“What the public can do, for example, I have become an Ambassador for Anti-slavery International, one of the oldest human rights organizations which is actually 75 years-old. I have become an Ambassador for them, and they are a group, just like Polaris in the United States, who have dedicated their lives to freeing people in certain parts of the world who are in servitude. It is one of the things that people can get involved with and trying to sort of do something by working with these two organizations, Anti-slavery International and Polaris, which is in the United States.”

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12. Various shot, scene from the film Twelve Years a Slave
STORYLINE
The Academy Award nominated film Twelve Years a Slave was presented at the United Nations on Wednesday (26 February) by its director Steve Mc Queen.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the film, which depicts the life of African slaves in the United States in the 19th century, was hard to watch, but he added that “there can be no turning away, not from the horrors of slavery as it was practiced then and not from the forms of slavery that exist today around the world.”

During a panel discussion after the film, McQueen said there was “a parallel” between the transatlantic slave trade and modern day slavery. He said that establishing these parallels “is what cinema is about.”

There are an estimated 21 million victims of human trafficking and forced labour today.

12 Years a Slave, is an adaptation of a novel by Solomon Northup’s recounting his own story and the years he spent in bondage following his capture 1841.

Speaking to UNTV, McQueen called on people to join organizations like Anti-slavery International in the UK, for which he is an Ambassador, or Polaris in the United States.

He said members of these organizations “have dedicated their lives to freeing people in certain parts of the world who are in servitude.”

The film is nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Northup, and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
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