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The complex fabric of Bowdoin Geneva

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” has been hailed by many as a powerful and important movie, but has been criticized for its message. “Django Unchained” depicts an African American hero played by Jamie Foxx who tries to save his estranged wife from the clutches of slavery. The movie uses Foxx’s character as a vehicle to tell the broader story of slavery and the path to freedom. It is a strong narrative about the impact of one man, and raises many important and relevant details, but it also ignores the complexity of how larger institutional structures give rise to and support the success of individuals.

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