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Solomon Northup's Odyssey

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  • Gordon Parks directs an actress on the set of 1984's "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey"

    Gordon Parks directs an actress on the set of 1984's "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey"

Filmed in Savannah and directed by Gordon Parks, "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey" aired in 1984 as an episode in the 4th season of "American Playhouse" on PBS. Based on Northrup's memoir "Twelve Years a Slave," the film tells his story: a born freeman who was then kidnapped and sold into slavery in the early 19th century. The memoir was adapted into a feature film in 2013; "12 Years a Slave" won three Academy Awards.