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While some may be scarred from the brutal scene of favored slave Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) being beaten by a coerced Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the scene that stands out to us is when Solomon is left partially hung from a noose for an entire day -  his "salvation" from death arriving on the technicality that he is still his master's property.

Director Steve McQueen let the camera linger on the scene so long it eventually made us feel like WE couldn't breathe. The sight of Solomon desperately dancing on his tip-toes as onlookers pass by (either too indifferent or too scared to help) pretty much encapsulates the ugliness, absurdity and injustice of American slavery in a way we will never forget.

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