Dexter Gabriel

'12 Years a Slave' In Cinematic Context

For a society still struggling some 150 years from Emancipation to negotiate a working discourse on slavery and race, '12 Years a Slave' is a visual moment that forces a reexamination of our national past perhaps like no other major film in recent memory.

Hollywood's Slavery Films Tell Us More About the Present Than the Past

"Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" share a long history of Hollywood epics that feed our modern myths and expectations back to us, rather than genuinely explore our history.