Born into slavery in 1818, on a Maryland plantation, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, a few years after escaping to the North he published Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Douglass’ book recounts: the horrors and “successes” of his early years; the casual brutality at the hands of his white masters; his efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die trying and his sad but successful escape.
A skilled speaker and excellent writer, Frederick Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist and spokesperson for human rights and the civil rights for the black population of America.
His life spanned from the early nineteenth century and through the American Civil War and into Reconstruction. He was internationally celebrated as the leading black intellectual of his time and is celebrated still, to this day.
Based on: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Director: Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Screenwriters: Ava DuVernay & Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Producers: Brad Pitt & Oprah Winfrey
Villains & Antagonists
Cinematography: Stephen St. John (Mercy Street)
Music: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 180 mins