"Slavery existed as an industry for over 230 years. It’s such a colossal stretch of American industrial and social history and yet there are hardly any films that exist either as documents of fictionalised accounts of that time. That, to me, is pretty astonishing. You can claim that it’s a lost piece of history but the reality is that people don’t want to look at that particular period of time. They’re embarrassed and ashamed." ~ Steve McQueen.
Its a poignant and realistic movie about systemic human brutality but it is not preachy. Its never controversial for the sake of entertainment. Its not quirky or has any comic relief but doesn't overloaded you and I find that remarkable. Our hearts keep fluctuating as we see the dirt, lashes, blood, sweat and tears. Its intense and palpable.
The movie is an experience, crafted with strong writing and effortless acting. I would say this film has some kind of dignity. You care for the characters, understand them and even after the credits you wonder about them. They dare me about our present injustice around and it shames me at once. Its swells within a terrible wound.