Dexter Gabriel

'12 Years a Slave' In Cinematic Context

by Dexter Gabriel on Oct 25, 2013 4:29PM

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.

Topics: '12 Years a Slave', History, Arts & Culture

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

by Dexter Gabriel on Jan 9, 2013 9:37AM

"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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, 'Django'