Watch: ’12 Years a Slave’ Star Chiwetel Ejiofor’s New 12-Minute Short Film

Watch: '12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor's New 12-Minute Short Film

While a lot of attention has been paid to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s formidable chops as an actor thanks to his bravura lead turn in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” now it’s time to meet Ejiofor, the filmmaker.

In the latest in a series of short feature collaborations between London’s Young Vic and the Guardian, the news outlet yesterday posted Ejiofor’s short, “Columbite Tantalite.” The post-colonial parable about the west’s hunger for African minelal wealth and Congo’s struggle to accept its past makes for a provocative watch.

In a first person piece for the Guardian, Ejiofor explains how the short was inspired by Aimé Césaire’s play “A Season in the Congo.” The actor performed the play on stage at the Young Vic.

Watch his short below:

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