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Subject: Slavery & Abolition

Slavery is both a modern and an ancient issue, encompassing Ancient Rome, the Atlantic slave trade, and the modern-day sexual and domestic slavery trafficking, with many who have sought to abolish it.

12 Years a Slave

  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Production Country: United States

A free black man from New York is abducted and sold into slavery. He deals with the brutal reality of being a slave in the Deep South, submitting in order to survive in a culture that sees him as less than human, yet holding on to his own sense of self worth and humanness if he is to fulfill his dream of escaping and returning back to his life as a free man.

Adanggaman

  • Director: Roger Gnoan M'Bala
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Production Country: France, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Italy

Ossei believes his family to be killed and his village destroyed in a raid by their neighbor King Adanggaman; however, Ossei discovers that his mother is still alive and pursues the soldiers who are marching their captives to market, hoping to free her before she, along with the rest of his people, is sold into slavery.

Addio zio Tom (Goodbye Uncle Tom)

  • Director: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
  • Release Date: 1971
  • Production Country: Italy

The lives of slaves in the antebellum United States present a graphic record of the brutal and inhuman treatment many African-American slaves endured.

Amistad

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: United States

Thinking they are free when they escape their chains and overthrow their Spanish captors, a group of kidnapped Africans who were to be sold as slaves instead find themselves trapped in a Virginia courtroom where they are caught between the laws of three nations and must fight to prove their status as free human beings.

Anonymously Yours

  • Director: Gayle Ferraro
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Production Country: United States

Four women in Myanmar from very different backgrounds share a common fate: they are trapped in the sex trade, a world in which even animals are considered more valuable than the victims who are often kidnapped and raped in order to force them to submit to further degradation as prostitutes.

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