12 YEARS A SLAVE
This winter, LUPITA NYONG'O (Patsey) will co-star alongside Liam Neeson, Michelle
Dockery and Julianne Moore in the thriller NON-STOP. This film is slated for a February 28, 2014
release by Universal Pictures.
The Kenyan actress is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and
producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, IN MY GENES. The documentary follows
eight individual Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic
condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of Africa, including Kenya, it is a condition
that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it. Though highly visible in a
society that is predominantly black, the reality of living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her
intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables us see their challenges, humanity, and everyday triumphs.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama's acting program, Nyong'o's stage credits include
playing 'Perdita' in The Winter's Tale (Yale Repertory Theater), 'Sonya' in Uncle Vanya, 'Katherine' in
The Taming of the Shrew, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's Elijah.
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