Between '12 Years a Slave' and Anne Frank: Steve McQueen sits down with Haaretz
Director of the Oscar favorite explains how it set about 'to tell a story that had never before been told cinematically.'
NEW YORK − Between 1501 and 1866, about 11 million Africans were sold into slavery or born as slaves. “There were 101 slave narratives published between 1760 and 1865 ... But of that 101, the only one describing the experiences of a free Negro who was kidnapped and then escaped was Solomon Northup,” the historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. told Time magazine in October.