“There are many more narratives to tell about slavery. It’s such a rich subject. It’s like the Civil War, it’s like the Second World War. … I’m happy that they want to [remake Roots] but I think there’s much more—we’ve heard that story already, we don’t have to rehash it. There’s not been a film about the Underground Railroad, I mean it’s amazing—the story, it’s amazing.”
-Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, on KCRW’s The Treatment on the still untold stories of slavery. Read more on slavery.
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