Shavana Movies

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Twelve Years A Slave

The award-winning movie Twelve Years A Slave was named the best film of 2013, directed by Steve McQueen. The film is based on the slave narrative with the same title by Solomon Northup. The memoir has been adapted as two film versions, produced as the 1984 PBS television film Solomon Northup's Odyssey and the Oscar-winning 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. The movie was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana on the four historic antebellum plantations; Felicity, Bocage, Destrehan, and Magnolia. Starred by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’ O, and Brad Pitt.

Genre

Historical drama

Plot Synopsis

In the year 1841 (before the Civil War), Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery by two conmen in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Fun Facts

The Best Picture win made McQueen the first black British producer to ever receive the award and the first black British director of a Best Picture winner. The film was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognized it with the Best Film and the Best Actor award for Ejiofor.

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Twelve Years A Slave

Movie

Not Without My Daughter

Filmed in 1991, Not Without My Daughter is based on the book with the same title, written by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer, based on Betty's version of events. The screenplay was written by David W. Rintels. The film was directed by Brian Gilbert and filmed in Israel, at GG Studios in Neve Ilan and Atlanta and played by Sally Field and Alfred Molina

Genre

Drama

Plot Synopsis

Betty Mahmoody (Sally Field) is an American woman married to "Moody" (Alfred Molina), an Iranian American living in the United States. When Moody informs her that he wants her and their daughter, Mahtob (Sheila Rosenthal), to visit Iran with him, Betty is reluctant because of the country's harsh treatment of women. When the family arrives in Iran, Betty discovers that her husband plans to stay in the country for good and has no intention of letting her or Mahtob return to the United States. She has major problems adapting to the strict laws and customs of the country, because as an American she is much-hated in Iran. Moody often abuses Betty, because she does not obey him. After 18 months, Betty succeeds to escape Iran with her daughter Mahtab. They flee over the Zagros mountains in the northwest of Iran to Turkey. They fly back to the USA from there.

Fun Facts

It was actually winter and freezing and snowing during the time of escape for Betty and Mahtob but the winter during filming there was no snow in Israel, so instead of cutting the entire escape scene from the movie, writers changed it to scorching heat in the desert instead.

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Not Without My Daughter

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