Wednesday, 28 February 2007


This movie portrays the harsh reality of the campaign to stop the slave trade during the 19th Century in Britain, by focusing on the life of abolitionist William Wilberforce. Two characters that are depicted in the film are Olaudah Equiano (played by Youssou N'Dour) and William Wilberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd). The UK release date is the 23rd of March.

History behind the film:

Equiano was just 11 when he was stolen from Nigeria and brought to America to become a slave. Equiano became capable of reading and writing English as his owner educated him. Eventually Equiano was able to buy his own freedom with £40 he had saved up. Once he resided in London he got involved with the abolitionist movement.
William Wilberforce, who is the leading character in the film, was a British politician and abolitionist who lead the parliamentary campaign against slavery.

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