Steve McQueen On The Violence In ‘12 Years A Slave’: “Either I Was Going To Make A Film About Slavery Or I Wasn’t”: Video

The Oscar-nominated director of 12 Years A Slave was on The Arsenio Hall Show tonight addressing his critics and weighing in on why he believes Hollywood had never created “a real portrayal of slavery.” Steve McQueen says his film is about survival and love, and he credits Barack Obama for “allowing artists and filmmakers to have the authority” to tell the slaves’ story. Here’s the clip:

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