12 Years a Slave (2013) Poster

Christopher Berry: Burch


  • Burch : Yah a slave. Yah a Georgia slave!

    [savagely beats Solomon until his paddle breaks. He switches to a whip and continues] 

    Burch : Are yah a slave?

    Solomon Northup : No.

  • Burch : Well, my boy, how yah feel now?

    Solomon Northup : I am Solomon Northup. I am a free man; a resident of Saratoga, New York. The residence also of my wife and children who are equally free. I have papers. You have no right whatsoever to detain me...

    Burch : Yah not any...

    Solomon Northup : And I promise you - I promise - upon my liberation I will have satisfaction for this wrong.

    Burch : Resolve this. Produce your papers.

    [Solomon searches and finds no papers] 

    Burch : Yah no free man. And yah ain't from Saratoga. Yah from Georgia. Yah ain't a free man. Yah nuthin' but a Georgia runaway. Yah a runaway nigger from Georgia.

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