TORONTO (AFP):  British filmmaker Steve McQueen has said that he hopes his new movie “12 Years a Slave” would open up fresh, frank discussion about the slave trade. “There’s a lot of shame about slavery in America and the West Indies,” McQueen told a press conference. “There’s nothing to be forgiven for, it wasn’t your fault, this is what happened to you.”  The film is based on a firsthand account of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, recalling the horrors of grueling labor, daily humiliation and families torn apart.