For Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” was a film that had to be made.
The Oscar-nominated film portrays the true story of a free black man from the north who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South.
“For me, being of African descent, I thought there was a hole in the canon of cinema regarding this subject,” McQueen, the director of the film, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “It was very natural that I wanted to put it on film.”
“My ancestors were slaves,” he said. “My parents are from the West Indies, from Grenada.”
“There are so many things which people often question, but we don’t we don’t seem to want to answer. And I wanted this film to try to answer some of those questions.”
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