Quentin Tarantino’s “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, but it also ignores the complexity of how larger institutional structures give rise to and support the success of individuals.
The Boston Globe’s exhaustive series on Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood brought light to a world many don’t know. But there is a story beneath.